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Meaning of “underlie” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of underlie from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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underlieverb [T]

 us   /ˌʌn·dərˈlɑɪ/ (present participle underlying, past tense underlay  /ˌʌn·dərˈleɪ/ , past participle underlain  /ˌʌn·dərˈleɪn/ )
to be a ​cause of or ​stronginfluence on something: More ​fundamentaleconomicproblems may underlie last week’s ​stockmarketslide. Note: said esp. of a hidden cause or influence
(Definition of underlie from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “underlie”
in Chinese (Simplified) 是…的深层原因, 对…有重大影响…
in Chinese (Traditional) 是…, 對…有重大影響…
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