[verb uhn-der-skawr, -skohr, uhn-der-skawr, -skohr; noun uhn-der-skawr, -skohr]
- to mark with a line or lines underneath; underline, as for emphasis.
- to stress; emphasize: The recent tragedy underscores the danger of disregarding safety rules.
- a line drawn beneath something written or printed.
- music for a film soundtrack; background for a film or stage production.
Origin of underscore
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Examples from the Web for underscore
To underscore the “shame,” street sweepers followed along behind the prisoners, cleaning the street.Ukraine Parades for Independence Day Under Putin's Shadow
August 25, 2014
To underscore the point: The Constitution strongly protects us against theocrats who would pass religious precepts into law.Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment
August 22, 2014
They underscore the extent to which our ideas of normality are tied closely to socioeconomic status.Are Black Names ‘Weird,’ or Are You Just Racist?
September 13, 2013
Of course, other elements had to be added in to underscore that concept, and it also became a mother-son movie.Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn on Sex, Violence & More
July 17, 2013
The episodes are even referred to as “chapters” in an effort to underscore this comparison more deeply.‘House of Cards’: Should You Binge-Watch Netflix’s Political Drama?
February 5, 2013
This is not, repeat, underscore, not an intervention in planetary government.A Slave is a Slave
Henry Beam Piper
So we underscore them, putting a single score under k, and a double one under k′.Symbolic Logic
I should like to underscore this last sentence, my dears, in view of what comes after.Richard Carvel, Complete
I underscore the word “hotter,” to denote the prevalent theory.The Indian in his Wigwam
Henry R. Schoolcraft
Underscore all of the adjectives in the following quotation.Plain English
- to draw or score a line or mark under
- to stress or reinforce
- a line drawn under written matter
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Word Origin and History for underscore
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