V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the support or basic structure of something, in particular a wall or building

Synonyms: basis, foundation, support


Tips: An underpinning is a foundation or support that is used to strengthen and support a weakened wall or building. Underpinning is used figuratively to describe the foundation or principals of an idea or a plan. The verb underpin means "to support."

Usage Examples:

The construction company used underpinnings to support the crumbling wall. (supports)

Freedom is the underpinning of democracy. (base, structure)

The University claimed that its solid, general management underpinning, along with the ability for students to concentrate in other business specialties, is what made it a first rate MBA school. (base, structure)

The CEO presented the financial reports to underpin his claim that the company was growing successfully. (support, buttress) verb

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