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underline

verb un·der·line \ ˈən-dər-ˌlīn , ˌən-dər-ˈlīn \
Updated on: 27 Feb 2018

Definition of underline

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

Examples of underline in a Sentence

  1. His name was underlined in the book.

  2. The accident underlines our need for better safety procedures.

Recent Examples of underline from the Web

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First Known Use of underline

1721


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underline

noun un·der·line \ ˈən-dər-ˌlīn \

Definition of underline

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

Recent Examples of underline from the Web

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First Known Use of underline

1886


UNDERLINE Defined for English Language Learners

underline

Definition of underline for English Language Learners

  • : to draw a line under (something)

  • : to emphasize (something) : to show the importance of (something)


UNDERLINE Defined for Kids

underline

verb un·der·line \ ˈən-dər-ˌlīn \

Definition of underline for Students

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


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