underline

verb
un·​der·​line | \ ˈən-dər-ˌlīn How to pronounce underline (audio) , ˌən-dər-ˈlīn How to pronounce underline (audio) \
underlined; underlining; underlines

Definition of underline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mark (something, such as a word) with a line underneath
2 : to put emphasis on : stress
3 : to show clearly or emphatically

underline

noun
un·​der·​line | \ ˈən-dər-ˌlīn How to pronounce underline (audio) \

Definition of underline (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the outline of a quadruped's underbody also : the ventral surface of a quadruped's body
2 : a horizontal line placed underneath something

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Synonyms & Antonyms for underline

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of underline in a Sentence

Verb His name was underlined in the book. The accident underlines our need for better safety procedures.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Birx’s own experiences underline the complexity and difficulty of trying to navigate the perils of the pandemic while balancing a job, family and health, especially among essential workers like her. Aamer Madhani And Brian Slodysko, chicagotribune.com, "Dr. Deborah Birx faces criticism after warning Americans to limit holiday travel, then gathering with family at her vacation home," 20 Dec. 2020 The holiday shopping shakeups underline how the pandemic's impact on outside activities has pushed shoppers to make purchases better suited for the inside and with more time spent at home. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Holiday retail sales jumped 3% as more people shop for decor and furniture for their homes," 27 Dec. 2020 Birx’s own experiences underline the complexity and difficulty of trying to navigate the perils of the pandemic while balancing a job, family and health, especially among essential workers like her. Aamer Madhani And Brian Slodysko, chicagotribune.com, "Dr. Deborah Birx faces criticism after warning Americans to limit holiday travel, then gathering with family at her vacation home," 20 Dec. 2020 Aides are planning a series of events to underline his achievements in office. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Embattled Trump leaves White House for first time since Capitol attack," 12 Jan. 2021 In 2020, the comedy star of the moment is Sarah Cooper, who lip syncs Trump soundbites to underline the self-evident madness of, for example, suggesting COVID patients drink bleach. Judy Berman, Time, "Donald Trump's Presidency Was Supposed to Be Great for Art. It Wasn't," 5 Jan. 2021 The novel’s action begins when a surreally strange supercar—illustrated with a vintage Jack Kirby drawing to underline the pulp comics fantasy of it all—pulls up to this compound. Alexander Chee, The New Republic, "Life in the Post-Internet Dystopia," 29 Dec. 2020 While Philips, and other skin-care industry leaders such as Rihanna and Pharrell, underline that skin-care products can be gender neutral, there are differences in skin needs. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Ultimate Beauty Basics for Men: From Skin Care to No-Makeup Makeup," 11 Jan. 2021 Birx’s own experiences underline the complexity and difficulty of trying to navigate the perils of the pandemic while balancing a job, family and health, especially among essential workers like her. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Holidays Are for the Politicians," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That double-underlines and triple-circles, in red ink, the most pressing need for this group: someone who can score consistently beyond the Marchand-Bergeron-David Pastrnak trio. BostonGlobe.com, "“The start certainly helps,” he said during a wide-ranging chat with the Globe during intermission of the Bruins’ 3-2 loss to the Lightning Thursday. “We got off to a strong start, as everybody knows, and were getting points at times where we shouldn’t have.”," 14 Dec. 2019 As a brief scene-setting prologue showing Banks watching kids playing football underlines, skill on the football field has always signified freedom to him, the feeling that nothing could fence him in or keep him down. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Aldis Hodge shines in ‘Brian Banks’ as a man fighting to clear his name," 8 Aug. 2019 As a brief scene-setting prologue showing Banks watching kids playing football underlines, skill on the football field has always signified freedom to him, the feeling that nothing could fence him in or keep him down. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Aldis Hodge shines in ‘Brian Banks’ as a man fighting to clear his name," 8 Aug. 2019 Hoover remembers his wife kept meticulous work notes filled with highlights and underlines. Elvia Malagón, chicagotribune.com, "'There’s never going to be closure’: Chicago family recalls young woman killed while on Mexico City trip one year ago," 6 July 2019 But the trio of artists at Wednesday’s fund-raiser underline Taylor’s interest in blues and folk artists as well as jazz. Jeremy D. Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Benefit show is a thank-you to Fred Taylor and all that jazz," 13 June 2019 The books are marked with underlines and checks in Wharton’s hand. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 There might be multiple exclamation points, or several underlines, and that number will usually land somewhere in the 90s or high 80s. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Not everyone's a fan of wine scores, but there's a way to use them," 25 Apr. 2018 The taillamps remain in the same location but have been restyled to feature a slim, lighted underline. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "2019 Jeep Cherokee: The Baby Grand," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of underline

Verb

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underline was in 1721

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21 Feb 2021

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“Underline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underline. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for underline

underline

verb

English Language Learners Definition of underline

: to draw a line under (something)
: to emphasize (something) : to show the importance of (something)

underline

verb
un·​der·​line | \ ˈən-dər-ˌlīn How to pronounce underline (audio) \
underlined; underlining

Kids Definition of underline

1 : to draw a line under
2 : emphasize The poor results underline our need to try harder.

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