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Definition be or form the base for;
or: lie underneath
  • But the principal, underlying cause was that, as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, human equality had become technically possible.
    George Orwell  --  1984
underlying = that is the basic (cause)
  • There lay another of those pieces of pink squareness that underlay the structure of the island.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • underlay = form the base of
  • I stopped for a long time to let my nerves settle, then leaned back from my tools and stared up at the face above, searching for a hint of solid ice, for some variation in the underlying rock strata, for anything that would allow passage over the frosted slabs.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • underlying = below the surface
  • You could grasp the mechanics of the Society you lived in, but not its underlying motives.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • underlying = causing
  • This is the underlying discovery of Noetic Science.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • [Pulling himself together for a great effort, and showing the philosopher that underlies the dandy.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • What you don't know— and she does— is that you have to shade the truth to get at the real truth, the underlying truth.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • There was an underlying consciousness all the while that he should have to master this anger, and tell her everything, and convince her of the facts.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It should be grudging, with underlying urgency.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • In both words the underlying idea is that of a body of men united by an oath.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • And maybe it's because of that underlying goodness that he can move a crowd—no, a country—to his side with the turn of a simple sentence.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Put the other way round, our attention would have been held even more effectively had there been an underlying pull of simple narrative.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Levin saw that there was an idea underlying this question with which he did not agree.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The underlying sense of what's presented these days is that this country has difference that ails rather than strengthens and enriches.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • There is a simple network of wide tunnels that directly corresponds to the main street plan above, underlying the major avenues and cross streets.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Disoriented and confused though she may be, she is exerting all her strength to comprehend the logic underlying this place-the basis of its existence.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • It took me a long time but I soon became aware of an underlying, pervasive fixation for violence among the people of the island.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The underlying notion was, "It disgraces me to have been mentioned in connection with such a hag."
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Underlying it all, a faint shimmer of silver that would reflect the light, magnify it.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Maybe in the end the facts are not as important as the underlying truth she wants to convey.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban

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