1) PREP If one thing is underneath another, it is directly under it, and may be covered or hidden by it.

The device exploded underneath a van.

...using dogs to locate people trapped underneath collapsed buildings.

...a table for two underneath the olive trees...

Her apartment was underneath a bar, called `The Lift'.

ADV: n ADV, ADV after v, be ADV, from ADV
Underneath is also an adverb.

He has on his jeans and a long-sleeved blue denim shirt with a white T-shirt underneath. ...if we could maybe pull back a bit of this carpet to see what's underneath... The shooting-range is lit from underneath by rows of ruby-red light fittings.

2) ADV: ADV after v, n/adj ADV The part of something which is underneath is the part which normally touches the ground or faces towards the ground.

Check the actual construction of the chair by looking underneath...

The sand martin is a brown bird with white underneath...

His bare feet were smooth on top and rough-skinned underneath.

Underneath is also an adjective.

Some objects had got entangled with the underneath mechanism of the engine.

N-SING: the N
Underneath is also a noun.

Now I know what the underneath of a car looks like.

3) ADV: ADV with cl You use underneath when talking about feelings and emotions that people do not show in their behaviour.

He was as violent as Nick underneath...

Underneath, Sofia was deeply committed to her husband.

Underneath is also a preposition.

Underneath his outgoing behaviour Luke was shy.

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