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September 21, 2015

under

 

The word "under" is used when something is below another thing or another person.

  • Your feet are under the table when you sit down to eat.
  • A student's feet are under the desk when studying in a classroom.
  • Bob is wearing a shirt under his jacket.
  • Some apples fell under the tree.
  • Walter looked under his car to find out what was making noise.
  • Some people keep money under their mattress.
  • People who live in the United States live under the U.S. Constitution. There is no higher law than that.

This word is often used to describe relationships at work. A worker who is under someone else receives direction from that person.

  • Who do you work under?
  • Charles works under Theresa, his boss.
  • Yolanda doesn't like working under people who are much younger than she is.

Use the word "under" to form new words:

  • An undergraduate is a person who is working towards a bachelor's degree.
  • An understudy takes the place of a performer who is unable to perform.
  • Something below ground level is underground.
  • Fish live underwater.
  • You wear an undershirt under your shirt.

There are a few expressions and phrases that use the word "under."

  • I'm feeling a little under the weather. (I feel a little sick.)
  • The team that won the game was an underdog. (underdog = a team or individual not expected to perform well against another.)
  • Sam took his younger brother under his wing and taught him the family business. (under one's wing = to be protected, instructed, or closely watched.)
  • A suspected criminal is under arrest by a police officer.
  • If something is under consideration, the possibility of it is being discussed or proposed.

under construction

This apartment building is under construction.

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