Definitions of under

  1. located below or beneath something else; " nether garments"; " the under parts of a machine"
  2. down below; " get under quickly!"
  3. below the horizon; " the sun went under"
  4. below some quantity or limit; " fifty dollars or under"
  5. in or into a state of subordination or subjugation; " we must keep our disappointment under"
  6. down to defeat, death, or ruin; " their competitors went under"
  7. into unconsciousness; " this will put the patient under"
  8. through a range downward; " children six and under will be admitted free"
  9. lower in rank, power, or authority; " an under secretary"
  10. Subordinate.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Less specifically, denoting the relation of being subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like; as, a bill under discussion.
  14. Denoting relation to something that comprehends or includes, that represents or designates, that furnishes a cover, pretext, pretense, or the like; as, he betrayed him under the guise of friendship.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Beneath or below; oppressed or weighed down by; beneath, as acted upon by something; as, to be under treatment for a disease; inferior to; for less than; as, to sell goods under the market price.
  18. Below; in a lower state or position.
  19. Lower in degree, rank, or position: usually in compound words, as under- officer, etc.
  20. In a lower position than: beneath: below: less than: in subjection, subordination, oppression, liability, etc.: during the time of: undergoing.
  21. In a lower degree or condition: in subjection: below: less.
  22. Lower in position, rank, or degree: subject: subordinate.
  23. Beneath; below; less than; during the time of.
  24. In a lower degree; below; less.
  25. Lower in position or degree; subordinate; inferior.
  26. Lower or lowermost.
  27. In a lower position or inferior degree.
  28. Beneath; covered by.
  29. In a place lower than.
  30. Subject to.
  31. Less than.
  32. By virtue of; in conformity to; in accordance with; authorized, attested, or warranted by.
  33. Lower in degree; subordinate. To keep under, to hold in subjection. Under way, in a condition to make progress.
  34. Beneath; below; in a state of pupilage or subjection to; less than; for less than; in a degree inferior to; with the pretence of; in a state of oppression; during the time of; attested or signed by; in subordination to.
  35. Beneath or below, so as to have something over or above; in a state of subjection to; less than; by the show or pretence of, as under the disguise of a friend; denoting rank or order of precedence, as, none were present under the rank of a baron; in a state of oppression by; in the state of being known by; in the state of; attested by, as under his own hand.
  36. In a lower or subordinate condition; in subjection.
  37. Lower in rank or degree; subordinate; to knock under, to yield; to submit.
  38. A prefix signifying " that which is less than right or ordinary"; that which is inferior or subordinate to something else; lower in rank or degree. Note.- All the possible compounds of under are not given, but only those which are most common. The roots of the compounds of under may be ascertained by consulting the dictionary for the separate parts. Under is not usually separated by a hyphen, and is sometimes prepositional, as underground, and sometimes adverbial, as underdone.

Usage examples for under

  1. He lived like the old Bradlaugh, and he went under. – Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh by George W. Foote
  2. I thought you would be glad to know that we expect to be under way again early in the morning. – Bring Me His Ears by Clarence E. Mulford
  3. " Mind you, I've seen my grandfather and father both go under it. – Fortitude by Hugh Walpole
  4. " I bain't going under. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  5. But how and under what circumstances? – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  6. At five the sun went under. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  7. He is a very good man- what there is o' him," added she, under her breath. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  8. And under what circumstances were they written? – Love Conquers All by Robert C. Benchley
  9. I took it under my arm and went home. – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  10. I think- I really think- under the circumstances I ought to kiss you! – Innocent Her Fancy and His Fact by Marie Corelli
  11. You're not under notice to leave your present place? – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  12. We must learn to carry arms, and to stand under them. – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  13. Under the bank was a spring. – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  14. I know they does come from under the earth, becauth Miss Falkner told me. – Jill's Red Bag by Amy Le Feuvre
  15. Play up and down, under and all around. – The Mayflower, January, 1905 by Various
  16. I told them I should get to that tree if I were lost in the crowd, and that they would be sure to find me under it after six o'clock. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  17. I saw him go down just before I went under. – The Boy Allies Under the Sea by Robert L. Drake
  18. " I saw your light under the door," Lady Dauntrey said, " and I thought maybe you wouldn't mind my sitting with you for a bit. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  19. " I am under contract with the Interstate people," replied Dave. – Dave Dashaway and his Hydroplane by Roy Rockwood
  20. Under such circumstances, what was such a man as Sir John Ball to do? – Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope