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underscore

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verb un·der·score \ˈən-dər-ˌskȯr\

Definition of underscore

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw a line under :  underline

  3. 2 :  to make evident :  emphasize, stress <arrived early to underscore the importance of the occasion>

  4. 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.

1771

First Known Use of underscore

1771

Other Printing Terms


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underscore

noun un·der·score

Definition of underscore

  1. 1 :  a line drawn under a word or line especially for emphasis or to indicate intent to italicize

  2. 2 :  music accompanying the action and dialogue of a film

1901

First Known Use of underscore

1901


UNDERSCORE Defined for English Language Learners

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underscore

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verb un·der·score \ˈən-dər-ˌskȯr\

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

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verb un·der·score \ˈən-dər-ˌskȯr\

Definition of underscore for Students

underscored

underscoring

  1. 1 :  underline 1

  2. 2 :  emphasize



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