under

under
under [un′dər]
prep.
[ME < OE, akin to Ger unter < IE * ṇdhos, *dheri, under > L infra, below]
1. in, at, or to a position down from; lower than; below [shoes under the bed, under a blazing sun]
2. beneath the surface of [under water]
3. below and to the other side of [we drove under a bridge]
4. covered, surmounted, enveloped, or concealed by [to wear a vest under a coat]
5.
a) lower in authority, position, power, etc. than
b) lower in value, amount, etc. than; less than
c) lower than the required or standard degree of [under the age specified for the job]
6. in a position or condition regarded as lower than or inferior to, or implying subordination to; specif.,
a) subject to the control, limitations, government, direction, instruction, or influence of [under orders from the President, under oath, born under Aries]
b) burdened, oppressed, or distressed by [under a strain]
c) subjected to; undergoing [under an anesthetic, under repair]
7. with the character, pretext, disguise, or cover of [under an alias]
8. in or included in (the designated category, division, class, etc.) [spiders are classified under arachnids]
9. during the rule of [literature flourished under Elizabeth I]
10. being the subject of [the question under discussion]
11. having regard for; because of [under the circumstances]
12. authorized or attested by [under her signature]
13. planted with; sown with [an acre under corn]
adv.
1. in or to a position below something; beneath
2. beneath the surface, as of water
3. in or to a condition that is subordinate
4. so as to be covered or concealed
5. less in amount, value, etc.; not so much [costing two dollars or under]
adj.
lower in position, authority, rank, amount, degree, etc.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Under — Un der, prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.; akin to OFries. under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG. untar, Icel. undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra below, inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf. {Inferior}.] 1. Below or lower …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • under — (prep., adv.) O.E. under, from P.Gmc. *under (Cf. O.Fris. under, Du. onder, O.H.G. untar, Ger. unter, O.N. undir, Goth. undar), from PIE *ndhero lower (Cf. Skt. adhah below; Avestan athara lower; …   Etymology dictionary

  • Under — Série Logo de la série Scénario Christophe Bec Dessin …   Wikipédia en Français

  • under — *under germ., Adverb, Präposition: nhd. unter, zwischen; ne. under, between; Rekontruktionsbasis: got., an., ae., afries., anfrk., as., ahd.; Etymologie …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • Under — Un der, adv. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Under — Un der, a. 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • under — {{hw}}{{under}}{{/hw}}(sempre seguito da un num. card.) A s. m.  e f.  spec. al pl. Atleta al disotto di una data età: gli under 21. B agg. ; anche s. f. Squadra formata di atleti al disotto di una data età: la nazionale under 21; l under 21 ha… …   Enciclopedia di italiano

  • under- — [ʌndə US dər] prefix 1.) less of an action or quality than is correct, needed, or desired ▪ underdevelopment ▪ undercooked cabbage 2.) going under something ▪ an underpass (=a road or path that goes under another road) 3.) inside or beneath other …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • under- — [ʌndə US dər] prefix 1.) less of an action or quality than is correct, needed, or desired ▪ underdevelopment ▪ undercooked cabbage 2.) going under something ▪ an underpass (=a road or path that goes under another road) 3.) inside or beneath other …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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