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Meaning of underneath

un•der•neath

Pronunciation: (un"dur-nēth', -nē'), [key]
— prep.
  1. below the surface or level of; directly or vertically beneath; at or on the bottom of.
  2. under the control of; in a lower position in a hierarchy of authority: Underneath the department heads are the junior executives.
  3. hidden, disguised, or misrepresented, as by a false appearance or pretense: Underneath his bluster is a timid nature.
—adv.
  1. below; at a lower level or position; on the underside.
—adj.
  1. lower; situated below or under.
—n.
  1. the bottom; underside; lowest part.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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