Etymology
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underlie (v.)

Old English under licgan "to be subordinate to, to submit to;" see under + lie (v.2). Meaning "to lie under or beneath" is attested from c. 1600; figurative sense of "to be the basis of" is attested from 1852 (implied in underlying). Similar formation in Old High German untarliggan; German unterliegen.

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Definitions of underlie

underlie (v.)
be or form the base for;
underlie (v.)
lie underneath;
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