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English definition of “underlying”

underlying

adjective [before noun] (BASED ON)    /ˌʌn.dəˈlaɪ.ɪŋ/ US  /-dɚ-/
used to describe something on which something else is based: The price of the investment fell below the value of the underlying assets.Essential or necessary
(Definition of underlying adjective (BASED ON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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