underpin
[ uhn-der-pin ]
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Part of SpeechverbOrigin + Etymology
Early-15th century; English; origin unclear, although it stems from "under" plus "pin," both from Old English
Synonyms
verb
buildconstructdependderive
Antonyms
verb
demolishdestroydismantle
Definition
verbto prop up or support from below; strengthen, as by reinforcing a foundation
Examples
verbA) The new findings would underpin his research publication about cancer treatments. B) Jake's references served to underpin the themes in his literary work.
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