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[verb uhn-der-lahyn, uhn-der-lahyn; noun uhn-der-lahyn] /verb ˈʌn dərˌlaɪn, ˌʌn dərˈlaɪn; noun ˈʌn dərˌlaɪn/
verb (used with object), underlined, underlining.
1.
to mark with a line or lines underneath; underscore.
2.
to indicate the importance of; emphasize, as by stressing or italicizing.
noun
3.
Printing. a caption under an illustration.
4.
a line drawn under something; an underscore.
Origin of underline
1715-1725
First recorded in 1715-25; under- + line1
Related forms
underlining, underlineation
[uhn-der-lin-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌʌn dərˌlɪn iˈeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
underliner, noun
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Examples from the Web for underline
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  • One sentence we wish to cross out; the next we wish to underline.

  • Tilia thrust her face close to Rachel's to underline her words.

  • If there is anything in the article you disapprove, underline it, and perhaps I will omit.

    The Story of a Life J. Breckenridge Ellis
  • In this eBook, those words are emphasized with an underline.

    Pandora's Box Frank Wedekind
  • underline all their mistakes, and, under your eyes, make them correct the mistakes themselves.

    John Bull, Junior Max O'Rell
British Dictionary definitions for underline

underline

verb (transitive) (ˌʌndəˈlaɪn)
1.
to put a line under
2.
to state forcibly; emphasize or reinforce
noun (ˈʌndəˌlaɪn)
3.
a line underneath, esp under written matter
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Word Origin and History for underline
v.

1721, from under + line (v.). Cf. Dutch onderlijnen. Related: Underlined; underlining. The noun is attested from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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