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tr.v. un·der·gird·ed or un·der·girt (-gûrt′), un·der·gird·ing, un·der·girds
To support or strengthen from beneath.
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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Past participle: undergirded/undergirt
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|Verb||1.||undergird - lend moral support to|
|2.||undergird - make secure underneath; "undergird the ship"|
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