[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 underscored
It also underscored the power of the Internet to spread content and prompt debate.‘Gangnam Style,’ ‘Call Me Maybe’ & More of 2012’s Best Viral Videos
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This fact was underscored by the failure of the recent climate talks in Doha to achieve any substantive deal.A Desperate Need for Electricity in China and Other Developing Countries Is Fueling Global Coal Use
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The Yugoslavian civil wars only underscored the stability elsewhere on the continent.Euro Riot Watch
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Actress Natalie Portman underscored that history when she walked the Oscar red carpet in a vintage Dior gown last month.Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week: Are Designers Bashing Women?
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Speaking at the scene, he underscored that the missing-persons reports had become the main line of inquiry.Missing Women Give Clues to Dead Body Found on Queen’s Estate
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The notice to Howard, with the name of Vargrave underscored, was still on the panels.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
It must be underscored, so that everybody shall stop, look, and listen.Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music
"Underscore that word, if you please;" and the word was underscored.Mr. Scarborough's Family
She underscored the expression of her regret if she had vexed him.The Way We Live Now
But now, in the light of these underscored lines, the worn hands no longer looked pathetic.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
- 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 underscored
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