underlying - definition and synonyms

 
 
adjective [only before noun] 

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/ˌʌndə(r)ˈlaɪɪŋ/
  1. 1
    underlying causes, facts, ideas etc are the real or basic ones, although they are not obvious or directly stated

    The underlying causes of the riots have been ignored.

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

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  2. 2
    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.

  3. 3
    existing under the surface of something

    underlying rock

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