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underlying (not comparable)

  1. lying underneath
    We dug down to the underlying rock.
  2. basic or fundamental
    Points and straight lines are underlying elements of geometry.
    • 2020 December 2, Christian Wolmar, “Wales offers us a glimpse of an integrated transport policy”, in Rail, page 56:
      The underlying problem with transport policy is that there no coherent strategy. Ministers have tended to encourage greater use of motor vehicles through both transport and (particularly) planning policies, while simultaneously warning of the terrible consequences of unfettered growth of road use.
  3. implicit
    Many nursery rhymes have an underlying meaning.


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underlying (plural underlyings)

  1. (finance) The entity from whose performance a derivative derives its value.



  1. present participle of underlie