[verb uhn-der-skawr, -skohr, uhn-der-skawr, -skohr; noun uhn-der-skawr, -skohr]
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verb (used with object), un·der·scored, un·der·scor·ing.
  1. to mark with a line or lines underneath; underline, as for emphasis.
  2. to stress; emphasize: The recent tragedy underscores the danger of disregarding safety rules.
  1. a line drawn beneath something written or printed.
  2. music for a film soundtrack; background for a film or stage production.

Origin of underscore

First recorded in 1765–75; under- + score
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highlight, stress, accentuate, mark, indicate, caption, accent, feature, italicize

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verb (ˌʌndəˈskɔː) (tr)
  1. to draw or score a line or mark under
  2. to stress or reinforce
noun (ˈʌndəˌskɔː)
  1. a line drawn under written matter
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Word Origin and History for underscored



1771, "to draw a line under," from under + score (v.). The figurative sense of "to emphasize" is attested from 1891. Noun meaning "a line drawn below (something)" is recorded from 1901.

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