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verb [transitive] underpin pronunciation in American English /ˌʌndərˈpɪn/
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present tense
present participleunderpinning
past tenseunderpinned
past participleunderpinned
  1. 1
    to be an important basic part of something, allowing it to succeed or continue to exist
    A language course should be underpinned by a sound theoretical basis.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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