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underscore

verb un·der·score \ ˈən-dər-ˌskȯr \

Definition of underscore

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

Examples of underscore in a Sentence

  1. These failures underscore the difficulty of what we're attempting to do.

  2. The President's visit underscores the administration's commitment to free trade.

  3. She underscored the most important points.

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First Known Use of underscore

1771

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underscore

noun

Definition of underscore

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

Recent Examples of underscore from the Web

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First Known Use of underscore

1901


UNDERSCORE Defined for English Language Learners

underscore

verb

Definition of underscore for English Language Learners

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

  • : to draw a line under (something)


UNDERSCORE Defined for Kids

underscore

verb un·der·score \ ˈən-dər-ˌskȯr \

Definition of underscore for Students

underscored; underscoring
1 :underline 1


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