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.
This apartment building is under construction.
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September 21, 2015