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underlie

verb [T] uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈlaɪ/  us   /-dɚ-/ (present participle underlying, past tense underlay, past participle underlain)
to be a hidden cause of or strong influence on something: Psychological problems very often underlie apparently physical disorders.
Translations of “underlie”
in Chinese (Traditional) 是…, 對…有重大影響…
in Chinese (Simplified) 是…的深层原因, 对…有重大影响…
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