underpin

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌʌn.dəˈpɪn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌʌn.dɚˈpɪn/, /ˈʌn.dɚˌpɪn/
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Etymology[edit]

under- +‎ pin.

Verb[edit]

underpin (third-person singular simple present underpins, present participle underpinning, simple past and past participle underpinned)

  1. (transitive) To support from below with props or masonry.
    You should underpin the mine roof to prevent further collapse.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To give support to; to corroborate.
    Public confidence in politicians must underpin our democracy.

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