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adjective [only before noun] underlying pronunciation in British English /ˌʌndə(r)ˈlaɪɪŋ/

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    underlying causes, facts, ideas etc are the real or basic ones, although they are not obvious or directly stated

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    While superficially similar, the two films have very different underlying messages.

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    business an underlying number or amount shows what the true amount or level of something is

    There was another fall in the underlying rate of inflation last month.

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