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English definition of “underpin”

underpin

verb [T]     /ˌʌndəˈpɪn/ US   /-dɚ-/ (-nn-)
to give support to something or provide the starting point from which something can develop: Falling unemployment was likely to underpin consumer confidence. These new products are part of a line-up that will underpin the company's recovery.
(Definition of underpin verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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