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Under meaning

under - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. Denoting relation to some thing or person that is superior, weighs upon, oppresses, bows down, governs, directs, influences powerfully, or the like, in a relation of subjection, subordination, obligation, liability, or the like; as, to travel under a heavy load; to live under extreme oppression; to have fortitude under the evils of life; to have patience under pain, or under misfortunes; to behave like a Christian under reproaches and injuries; under the pains and penalties of the law; the condition under which one enters upon an office; under the necessity of obeying the laws; under vows of chastity.
  2. 2. Denoting relation to something that exceeds in rank or degree, in number, size, weight, age, or the like; in a relation of the less to the greater, of inferiority, or of falling short.
  3. 3. Less specifically, denoting the relation of being subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like; as, a bill under discussion.
  4. 4. Below or lower, in place or position, with the idea of being covered; lower than; beneath; - opposed to over; as, he stood under a tree; the carriage is under cover; a cellar extends under the whole house.
  5. 5. In a lower, subject, or subordinate condition; in subjection; - used chiefly in a few idiomatic phrases; as, to bring under, to reduce to subjection; to subdue; to keep under, to keep in subjection; to control; to go under, to be unsuccessful; to fail.
  6. 6. Lower in position, intensity, rank, or degree; subject; subordinate; - generally in composition with a noun, and written with or without the hyphen; as, an undercurrent; undertone; underdose; under- garment; underofficer; undersheriff.
  7. 7. Beneath; below; less than; during the time of.
  8. 8. In a lower degree; below; less.
  9. 9. Lower in position or degree; subordinate; inferior.

under - examples of usage

  1. I remember her under the name of " Old Mary." - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. I see 'un come up and go under. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. He can see something down under him, I suppose. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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