underscore

verb
un·​der·​score | \ ˈən-dər-ˌskȯr How to pronounce underscore (audio) \
underscored; underscoring; underscores

Definition of underscore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to draw a line under : underline
2 : to make evident : emphasize, stress arrived early to underscore the importance of the occasion
3 : to provide (action on film) with accompanying music

underscore

noun

Definition of underscore (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a line drawn under a word or line especially for emphasis or to indicate intent to italicize
2 : music accompanying the action and dialogue of a film

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Synonyms & Antonyms for underscore

Synonyms: Verb

accentuate, bring out, emphasize, italicize, stress, underline

Antonyms: Verb

de-emphasize

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Examples of underscore in a Sentence

Verb

These failures underscore the difficulty of what we're attempting to do. The President's visit underscores the administration's commitment to free trade. She underscored the most important points.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Arnold, if less obviously so than Vallée, employs the Pacific Ocean to underscore the roiling energy of the setting and the forces that are always threatening to break the town open. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Family Values of Big Little Lies," 7 June 2019 The abuse case against Perlitz is one of the most egregious ever and law enforcement officials used it to underscore U.S. efforts to track down and prosecute U.S. citizens who exploit children on foreign soil. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Fairfield University, others liable for $60 million settlement ordered in Haiti orphanage abuse case," 6 June 2019 The art festival’s interest seemed to underscore what Marsden and others had been saying all along — the image, and thus the billboard, was intended as a piece of art. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 The warning relayed by U.S. diplomatic posts from the Federal Aviation Administration, though dismissed by Iran, underscored the risks the current tensions pose to a region critical to both global air travel and trade. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "US: Iran military could misidentify airliners amid tension," 19 May 2019 Model sailboats and potted indoor palms underscore the seaside setting. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Sandra Bullock Is Selling Her Georgia Beach House for $6.5 Million," 27 Mar. 2019 The declines underscore the risks Goldman and its clients shouldered in taking on what the firm viewed at the time as an opportunistic investment in a country facing extraordinary challenges. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Goldman Faces Losses on Venezuelan Bond Deal That Drew Criticism," 19 Aug. 2018 His death underscores the danger of extracting the boys and their coach. Times Staff, latimes.com, "A curious soccer team, a flooded Thai cave and a perilous trek to safety," 8 July 2018 The move also underscores the limits on the reach of the International Criminal Court. Maggie Michael, The Seattle Times, "Sudan army removes leader, rejects al-Bashir extradition," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Last night's episode established violence as a running theme in the series, and tonight's underscores the lack of opportunity. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "In My Brilliant Friend, Education Offers a Dangerous Escape from Poverty," 20 Nov. 2018 Today’s Video Immigration Divide House Speaker Paul Ryan’s tussles with some Republican lawmakers on immigration underscore how the party has struggled to define its consensus position on the issue. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 22 May 2018 The lack of color underscores how shocking these works once were. Roberta Smith, Martha Schwendener And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 11 Apr. 2018 Various anonymous comments by Republican consultants, almost gleeful in tone, underscore that guess. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Violence That Changes Everything—and Nothing," 29 Oct. 2018 And while the family certainly is special, as the movie underscores, the Incredibles don’t want to withdraw from the world. Brad Bird, New York Times, "Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ Is a Fast Blast (With Red Flags)," 13 June 2018 That blacks may do even better underscores the need to dig deeper to find out why, said Halabi. Washington Post, "Blacks fare surprisingly well in prostate cancer research," 1 June 2018 Its elimination places an ironic underscore on the region’s housing crisis: The bus drivers’ temporary bedsits may have to make way for permanent development. Wendy Lee, SFChronicle.com, "Silicon Valley bus drivers sleep in parking lots. They may have to make way for development," 25 June 2018 The new video service underscores Instagram’s efforts to fend off competition by rivals like YouTube and Snapchat that operate competing social media and video services favored by young adults and teenagers. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Instagram Debuts YouTube Rival IGTV Video App for 'Creators'," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of underscore

Verb

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underscore was in 1771

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underscore

verb

English Language Learners Definition of underscore

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

underscore

verb
un·​der·​score | \ ˈən-dər-ˌskȯr How to pronounce underscore (audio) \
underscored; underscoring

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