underlie-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: form the foundation or hidden cause of something

A large amount of contaiminated material still underlies the building pad.
Yes, many rumors underlie what happened to the ark.
Psychological problems very often underlie apparently physical disorders.
Many factors underlie my decision.
He claims that contrasting models of morality underlie conservative and liberal thought.

VerbNet: contiguous_location-47.8
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: underlie.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: take financial priority

Dividends for preferred stock underlie those of common stock.
My claim underlies yours.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM