• (prep.) Below or lower, in place or position, with the idea of being covered; lower than; beneath; -- opposed to over; as, he stood under a tree; the carriage is under cover; a cellar extends under the whole house.
  • (prep.) 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.
  • (prep.) 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.
  • (prep.) 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; Morpheus is represented under the figure of a boy asleep.
  • (prep.) Less specifically, denoting the relation of being subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like; as, a bill under discussion.
  • (adv.) 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.
  • (a.) 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.

Compare under with other words:

under vs. undern

bunder vs. under

sunder vs. under

dunder vs. under

ender vs. under

under vs. undoer

udder vs. under

under vs. war

under vs. using

blow vs. under

among vs. under

top vs. under

before vs. under

subreader vs. under

under vs. underput

pantile vs. under

down vs. under

under vs. undergo

under vs. upon

bellow vs. under

hypoglossal vs. under

sweatshirt vs. under

placket vs. under

nether vs. under

under vs. underfoot

thereunder vs. under

under vs. upper

tunnel vs. under

interrogation vs. under

layer vs. under

gambeson vs. under

under vs. underworld

under vs. underwater

under vs. undertow

under vs. underrate

under vs. underhanded

under vs. underground

under vs. undercut

under vs. undercurrent

over vs. under

under vs. underneath

above vs. under

below vs. under

subject vs. under

surface vs. under

level vs. under

low vs. under

bad vs. under

under vs. upbar

headed vs. under

beneath vs. under