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 On the inside cover, my dad printed my full name in his perfect penmanship and had me underline it in red pencil. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Green patent leather shoes. A world atlas. Forgiveness. The gifts that stay with us for a lifetime.," 21 Nov. 2019 Indeed, a majority comprise between 15,000 and 20,000 personnel, underlining the huge contribution to the promotion of peace and security in the region. Gary Wilson, Quartz, "The US plays a unique role in UN solvency," 14 Nov. 2019 Waiters is not just invisible but irrelevant to the Heat now, as Monday’s practice underlined. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Heat’s Era of Lost Causes almost closed with Waiters’ coming exit | Commentary," 11 Nov. 2019 Cheslin Kolbe's try, eight minutes later, added further gloss to the scoreline and underlined South Africa's dominance. James Masters, CNN, "South Africa stuns England to win Rugby World Cup and inspire a nation," 2 Nov. 2019 In a joint press conference on Tuesday Erdogan and Putin emphasized their friendship — and underlined the Turkish leader's shift towards Russia and away from the U.S. NBC News, "This is how Putin and Erdogan have redrawn northeastern Syria," 23 Oct. 2019 The Boks weren’t as rampant in the second half, though, underlining the gutsy work by Canada after losing Larsen. San Diego Union-Tribune, "South Africa demolishes Canada 66-7, all but into quarters," 8 Oct. 2019 Such incidents have increased in recent years, underlining the potential for escalation when the understanding between the government and the NSCN-IM leadership shows signs of frailty. Alex Waterman, Quartz India, "Revoking Kashmir’s autonomy may derail efforts to end insurgency in India’s northeast," 17 Sep. 2019 The left side of the page is the heart of the meal plan, each day underlined and divided into three meals. Stephanie Ganz, Bon Appétit, "How I Conquer Existential Dread By Meal Planning for My Family," 19 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 And so a quote from the paper, rules tend to use formulas or equations for the policy instrument at least as a guide – and those underlines are mine, not John’s – when making decisions. WSJ, "Transcript: John Taylor Presentation and Q&A at Boston Fed," 15 Oct. 2017

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Underline.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underline?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=underl08. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for underline

underline

verb
How to pronounce underline (audio) How to pronounce underline (audio)

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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