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English verb: undergird

1. undergird (social) lend moral support to

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)back up, support

2. undergird (change) make secure underneath

SamplesUndergird the ship.

Synonymsbrace up

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beef up, fortify, strengthen

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