under Definition

  • 1extending or directly below something
  • 2at a lower level or layer than something
  • 3less than (a particular amount)

Using under: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "under" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The cat is under the table.

  • Example

    The submarine went under the water.

  • Example

    The temperature is under 20 degrees Celsius.

  • Example

    The company's profits are under expectations.

under Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for under

Antonyms for under

Phrases with under

  • feeling unwell or sick


    I can't come to work today, I'm feeling under the weather.

  • under one's belt

    something that one has achieved or experienced


    With this new job, I now have five years of experience under my belt.

  • done secretly or illegally


    He was paid under the table for his work.


Summary: under in Brief

The word 'under' [ˈʌndər] describes something extending or directly below another thing, or at a lower level or layer. It can also mean less than a particular amount. Examples include 'The cat is under the table,' and 'The company's profits are under expectations.' Phrases include 'under the weather,' meaning feeling unwell, and 'under one's belt,' referring to something one has achieved or experienced.

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