under

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • prefix
    (written as under-)
    less than or not as strong

Accounting

  • prefix
    (written as under-)
    less important than or lower than

Banking

  • preposition lower than or less than
  • preposition controlled by, according to

Investing

  • preposition lower than or less than
    controlled by, according to

Medical

  • prefix
    (written as under-)
    less than usual, too little

Origin & History of “under”

Under originated as a comparative form. It has been traced back to a prehistoric Indo-European *ndhero-, which meant ‘lower’, and is also the ultimate source of English inferior (15th c.). this passed into Germanic as *unther-, which has evolved into German unter, Dutch onder, and Swedish, Danish, and English under.
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