I. transitive verb Date: 1721 1. to mark (as a word) with a line underneath 2. to put emphasis on ; stress 3. to show clearly or emphatically II. noun Date: 1886 1. the outline of a quadruped's underbody; also the ventral surface of a quadruped's body 2. a horizontal line placed underneath something

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  • underline — (v.) 1721, from UNDER (Cf. under) + LINE (Cf. line) (v.). Cf. Du. onderlijnen. Related: Underlined; underlining. The noun is attested from 1888 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • underline — [v] emphasize; mark accentuate, bracket, call attention to, caption, check off, draw attention to, feature, give emphasis, highlight, indicate, interlineate, italicize, play up, point to, point up, rule, stress, underscore; concepts 49,79 …   New thesaurus

  • underline — ► VERB 1) draw a line under (a word or phrase) to give emphasis or indicate special type. 2) emphasize. ► NOUN ▪ a line drawn under a word or phrase …   English terms dictionary

  • underline — [un′dər līn΄; ] also, for v. [, un΄dər līn′] vt. underlined, underlining 1. to draw a line beneath; underscore 2. to stress or emphasize n. a line underneath, as an underscore …   English World dictionary

  • Underline — Underlined text. An underline, also called an underscore,[1] is one or more horizontal lines immediately below a portion of writing. Single, and occasionally double ( double underscore ), underlining was originally used in hand written or… …   Wikipedia

  • underline — 01. His failing mark on the midterm only [underlines] his need for extra help. 02. The students were required to give a simple definition for the [underlined] words in the text. 03. I have [underlined] grammar mistakes in your writing for you to… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • underline */*/ — UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈlaɪn] / US [ˌʌndərˈlaɪn] verb [transitive] Word forms underline : present tense I/you/we/they underline he/she/it underlines present participle underlining past tense underlined past participle underlined 1) a) to show clearly that… …   English dictionary

  • underline — (also underscore esp. in AmE) verb 1 draw a line under a word ADVERB ▪ heavily ▪ The word ‘not’ was heavily underlined. 2 emphasize sth ADVERB ▪ clearly ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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