[verb uhn-der-lahyn, uhn-der-lahyn; noun uhn-der-lahyn]
- to mark with a line or lines underneath; underscore.
- to indicate the importance of; emphasize, as by stressing or italicizing.
- Printing. a caption under an illustration.
- a line drawn under something; an underscore.
Origin of underline
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Examples from the Web for underline
Because, rather than underline an emotion I have readily available, it reminds me of a world I passed by without noticing.Boys Don’t Cry: In Praise of Sentiment
Andrew Sean Greer
June 26, 2013
To underline the point, Noah Claypole “announced his intention of coming to see him hung.”What’s in a Name? Writers and Their Anthroponymy
February 28, 2013
He also came out strongly in favor of stem cell research, again using a personal family story to underline his commitment.Romney’s Weird Abortion Gamble
June 24, 2011
That omission would seem very promising, save that department officials were reluctant to underline its importance.Give the Libya Cease-Fire Plan a Chance
Leslie H. Gelb
April 11, 2011
Often in high-level diplomacy, key points made in private are restated publicly to underline their seriousness.Obama's New Buddies
Leslie H. Gelb
May 8, 2009
One sentence we wish to cross out; the next we wish to underline.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
Tilia thrust her face close to Rachel's to underline her words.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
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
Underline all their mistakes, and, under your eyes, make them correct the mistakes themselves.John Bull, Junior
- to put a line under
- to state forcibly; emphasize or reinforce
- a line underneath, esp under written matter
Word Origin and History for underline
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper