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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
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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  • He underlined the close relationship between its engineering features and the physiology of the human brain.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Here there was underlined in a better handwriting (a female's): "They do!"

  • And written in the corner of the card, the underlined word, Imperative.

    Dangerous Ground Lawrence L. Lynch
  • If she was to go on (she underlined it) she must be left absolutely alone.

  • I have underlined the words I want to be noticed, but, as you see, made no change in a syllable.

British Dictionary definitions for underlined

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 underlined

underline

v.

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

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