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 Funds tied to the government stepped up stock purchases to support the market, underlining their influence. Washington Post, "Why Foreigners Will Buy Saudi Stocks, Like It or Not," 18 Sep. 2019 This provides some variation and underlines the panic the characters might be feeling. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'All This Victory' ('Jeedar El Sot'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 The violence underlined why the draft agreement, which would cover an initial withdrawal of around 5,000 of America’s 14,000 troops in Afghanistan within five months, has been cautiously welcomed by many sceptics. The Economist, "Trumped by the Taliban," 5 Sep. 2019 That seems unlikely to change in its two forthcoming seasons, which quietly underlines just how impressive a feat Grace and Frankie will have pulled off once the curtain fully closes on its grand total of 94 episodes. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Grace and Frankie’ Is Ending. How Did It Become Netflix’s Longest-Running Show?," 5 Sep. 2019 Moreover, the study practices that college students use most commonly – highlighting or underlining notes, reading material over and over, and summarizing class content – are the least effective. Ryan Korstange, The Conversation, "5 tips for college students to avoid burnout," 19 Aug. 2019 Tech and health care The tech sector offered the most ample opportunities for career growth, underlining the focus among employers on using big data and using software. Sarah Min, CBS News, "The 25 best jobs in America for getting ahead," 15 Aug. 2019 This summer, several dramatic images showing the pace and extent of Arctic ice melt have been seen around the world underlining the harsh reality of global warming and the struggle governments face in trying to slow it down. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Arctic summer melt shows ice is disappearing faster than normal," 19 July 2019 The company is certified under the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program, underlining its commitment to operating in a manner that is safety-oriented. Jessica Levy, Cincinnati.com, "STEM and non-STEM employees alike power Pilot Chemical Company," 7 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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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of underline was in 1721

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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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