Meaning of “underpin” in the English Dictionary

"underpin" in British English

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underpinverb [ T ]

uk /ˌʌn.dəˈpɪn/ us /ˌʌn.dɚˈpɪn/ -nn-
underpinning
noun [ C or U ] uk /ˈʌn.dəˌpɪn.ɪŋ/ us /ˈʌn.dɚˌpɪn.ɪŋ/

After a while, we found ourselves questioning the spiritual and philosophical underpinning of the American way of life.

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

"underpin" in Business English

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underpinverb [ T ]

uk /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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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