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  • unterbieten
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to beat (by going lower)
    (often in context of prices)
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    Opposite: überbieten
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  • unterbinden
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to prevent, to stop
    (Technical term for taking measures that ensure some behavior or act is not done anymore.)
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  • unterbrechen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to interrupt
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    Opposite: ausreden
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  • unterdrücken
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to suppress, to oppress
    (When used in the psychological sense, it's less "gone" than "verdrängen")
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  • untergraben
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to undermine
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  • unterhalten
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to have a conversation, to talk
    ("sich+Acc unterhalten mit" - quite common. The "mit" is optional)
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    2.
    to sustain, to maintain
    (In the sense of financially sustain someone or something. Sounds quite formal. The noun "der Unterhalt" is used in the context of child support.)
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    3.
    to entertain
    ("jemanden unterhalten" - in the sense of entertainment. It's what a Netflix series does, for example. Also used reflexively in the sense of having fun somewhere.Sounds a bit "high brow", so not a good fit for a wild party. NOT for entertaining a thought.)
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  • unterlassen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to refrain from doing
    (Sounds stiff and formal. The "act" is the direct object. If you use a "zu"-sentence, then it's better to use a dummy-"es" also.)
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  • unterlegen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to add a backdrop to
    ("etwas+Acc unterlegen mit" - Mainly used for adding a background audio somewhere. Sometimes also used with texts and background color.)
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  • unterliegen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to succumb, to be defeated
    (In contexts of there being a competition.)
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    to be subject to
    (For regulations or restrictions of all kinds.)
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  • untermalen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to accompany with, to accentuate with
    ("untermalen mit" - used mainly for adding music to a scene or situation, but you might find it in a few other figurative uses as well. )
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  • untermauern
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to underpin, to reinforce, to substantiate
    (Giving supporting arguments or evidence for some claim.)
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  • unternehmen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to do something
    (in the sense of an undertaking. Often used in context of doing something cool on the weekend, or doing something to solve a bigger problem. Not for small things at work. The better word there is simply "machen".)
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  • unterrichten (in)
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to teach
    (If you want to connect the topic, you need to do that with "in")
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    to inform
    (a formal word for informing someone about something)
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  • untersagen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to forbid, to prohibit
    (Sounds less severe than "verbieten", but in essence it's the same thing. It's the literal translation of "to interdict".)
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  • unterscheiden (von)
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to distinguish, to differentiate
    (Often also used reflexively ("sich+Acc unterscheiden"))
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  • unterschlagen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to embezzle, to withhold, to peculate
    (The core idea is withholding funds or information.)
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  • unterschreiben
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to sign, to underwrite
    (Figuratively also used in the sense of agreeing with something. )
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  • unterschreiten
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to fall below, to go below
    (ONLY in the figurative sense of a value crossing some sort of lower limit to the downside. )
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    Opposite: überschreiten
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  • unterspülen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to underwash, to undermine
    (When water slowly washes away the ground under a road or concrete surface for instance. )
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  • unterstehen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to be subordinate to
    ("jemandem+Dat unterstehen" - Sounds super formal. Can be to a person or a department. )
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    Opposite: vorstehen
    2.
    to (not) dare
    ("sich+Acc unterstehen" - pretty much only used in the imperative "Untersteh dich." in the sense of "Don't you dare.")
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  • unterstellen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to insinuate, unfairly accuse
    ("jemandem etwas unterstellen")
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    to assume, presume
    (Only in certain phrasings, but you'll find it in daily life.)
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  • unterstreichen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to underline, to emphasize
    (NOT in the context of emphasizing through pronunciation, that would be "betonen". )
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  • unterstützen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to support
    (That's the common, everyday word for supporting. It does sound a little more active than in English, so you wouldn't just say it in the sense of "liking an idea")
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  • untersuchen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to investigate, to research
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    2.
    to examine
    ( in context of doctors )
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  • unterteilen (in)
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to partition (into), to divide into
    (Used in context of structuring things, like a text for instance.)
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  • untertreiben
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to donwplay, understate, de-emphasize
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    Opposite: übertreiben
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  • unterwandern
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to infiltrate
    (In the sense of infiltrating an organization with many of your people. Think of a police force that is littered with people from organized crime. )
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  • unterweisen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to instruct
    ("unterweisen in+Dat" - The core idea is teaching, usually for a craft or some skill. Sounds a bit lofty but it may pop up in daily life at an unexpected time.)
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  • unterwerfen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to subjugate, to conquer
    (Mainly, in the context of conquering and subjugating people and sometimes the adjective "unterworfen" also works figuratively for a sense of "being subject to". Fun fact: the word "subject" is literally "unterwerfen", just in Latin.)
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    2.
    to submit to, to subjugate oneself
    ("sich+Acc jemandem+Dat unterwerfen" - same idea as before, only that now you do it to yourself.)
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  • unterzeichnen
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to sign
    (Sounds more formal and "grand" than "unterschreiben". Think of two countries signing a treaty.)
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  • unterziehen (+Dat)
    (unter (insep))
    1.
    to subject someone or something to
    (Mainly used in the contexts of tests or trials or sometimes treatments. If you do it to yourself, it'll be reflexive.)
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