underpin

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌʌn.dəˈpɪn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌʌn.dɚˈpɪn/, /ˈʌn.dɚˌpɪn/
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EtymologyEdit

under- +‎ pin.

VerbEdit

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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Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 16:47