how to pronounce underlie


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of underlie is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

underlie is pronounced in three syllables

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of underlie

example pitch curve for pronunciation of underlie


test your pronunciation of underlie

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of underlie

video examples of underlie pronunciation

An example use of underlie in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… scientific mechanisms that underlie some …”

meanings of underlie


  1. To underlay.
  2. To lie in a position directly beneath.
  3. To serve as a basis of; form the foundation of.
  4. To lie under or beneath.
  5. To be subject to; be liable to answer, as a charge or challenge.

underlie frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word underlie occurs in english on average 1.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics underlie can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that underlie can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

Did this page help you?