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un·der·gird

 (ŭn′dər-gûrd′)
tr.v. un·der·gird·ed or un·der·girt (-gûrt′), un·der·gird·ing, un·der·girds
To support or strengthen from beneath.

undergird

(ˌʌndəˈɡɜːd)
vb, -girds, -girding, -girded or -girt
(General Engineering) (tr) to strengthen or reinforce by passing a rope, cable, or chain around the underside of (an object, load, etc)
[C16: from under- + gird1]

un•der•gird

(ˌʌn dərˈgɜrd)

v.t. -gird•ed -girt, -gird•ing.
1. to strengthen or secure, as by passing a rope or chain under and around.
2. to give fundamental support.
[1520–30]

undergird


Past participle: undergirded/undergirt
Gerund: undergirding

Imperative
undergird
undergird
Present
I undergird
you undergird
he/she/it undergirds
we undergird
you undergird
they undergird
Preterite
I undergirded/undergirt
you undergirded/undergirt
he/she/it undergirded/undergirt
we undergirded/undergirt
you undergirded/undergirt
they undergirded/undergirt
Present Continuous
I am undergirding
you are undergirding
he/she/it is undergirding
we are undergirding
you are undergirding
they are undergirding
Present Perfect
I have undergirded/undergirt
you have undergirded/undergirt
he/she/it has undergirded/undergirt
we have undergirded/undergirt
you have undergirded/undergirt
they have undergirded/undergirt
Past Continuous
I was undergirding
you were undergirding
he/she/it was undergirding
we were undergirding
you were undergirding
they were undergirding
Past Perfect
I had undergirded/undergirt
you had undergirded/undergirt
he/she/it had undergirded/undergirt
we had undergirded/undergirt
you had undergirded/undergirt
they had undergirded/undergirt
Future
I will undergird
you will undergird
he/she/it will undergird
we will undergird
you will undergird
they will undergird
Future Perfect
I will have undergirded/undergirt
you will have undergirded/undergirt
he/she/it will have undergirded/undergirt
we will have undergirded/undergirt
you will have undergirded/undergirt
they will have undergirded/undergirt
Future Continuous
I will be undergirding
you will be undergirding
he/she/it will be undergirding
we will be undergirding
you will be undergirding
they will be undergirding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been undergirding
you have been undergirding
he/she/it has been undergirding
we have been undergirding
you have been undergirding
they have been undergirding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been undergirding
you will have been undergirding
he/she/it will have been undergirding
we will have been undergirding
you will have been undergirding
they will have been undergirding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been undergirding
you had been undergirding
he/she/it had been undergirding
we had been undergirding
you had been undergirding
they had been undergirding
Conditional
I would undergird
you would undergird
he/she/it would undergird
we would undergird
you would undergird
they would undergird
Past Conditional
I would have undergirded/undergirt
you would have undergirded/undergirt
he/she/it would have undergirded/undergirt
we would have undergirded/undergirt
you would have undergirded/undergirt
they would have undergirded/undergirt
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.undergird - lend moral support toundergird - lend moral support to    
back up, support - give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to; "She supported him during the illness"; "Her children always backed her up"
2.undergird - make secure underneath; "undergird the ship"
beef up, fortify, strengthen - make strong or stronger; "This exercise will strengthen your upper body"; "strengthen the relations between the two countries"
Translations
backe oppoppbackestøtte opp underunderstøtte
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