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    undergird

    undergird
    [+ obj] chiefly US : to strengthen or support (something) from below usually used figuratively ▪ Their way of life is undergirded by religious faith.

    What does British English speakers use in place of "undergird"?

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    Re: undergird

    For what it's worth, this American speaker has never seen or used this word before.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: undergird

    What do British English speakers use in place of "undergird"?

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