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[v. uhn-der-lahyn, uhn-der-lahyn; n. uhn-der-lahyn] /v. ˈʌn dərˌlaɪn, ˌʌn dərˈlaɪn; n. ˈʌn dərˌlaɪn/
verb (used with object), underlined, underlining.
1.
to mark with a line or lines underneath; underscore.
2.
to indicate the importance of; emphasize, as by stressing or italicizing.
noun
3.
Printing. a caption under an illustration.
4.
a line drawn under something; an underscore.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; under- + line1
Related forms
underlining, underlineation
[uhn-der-lin-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌʌn dərˌlɪn iˈeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
underliner, noun
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Examples from the web for underline
  • And how the folk who have commented here underline that.
  • Your statements underline my conviction that you are utterly ignorant of the evidence.
  • underline introduction and ask students what it means.
  • Then have them underline the words that helped them form the picture.
  • Ask students to highlight or underline the sections they don't understand.
  • underline stuff, circle key words, and put notes in the margin.
  • Make the students underline the thesis statement before they turn in the essay.
  • They needed to underline their father-figure agency through punitive castigation to succeed.
  • To underline: these visionaries have been the exception, not the rule.
  • We need a detail plan that will underline a step by step process for the next five years.
British Dictionary definitions for underline

underline

verb (transitive) (ˌʌndəˈlaɪn)
1.
to put a line under
2.
to state forcibly; emphasize or reinforce
noun (ˈʌndəˌlaɪn)
3.
a line underneath, esp under written matter
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Word Origin and History for underline
v.

1721, from under + line (v.). Cf. Dutch onderlijnen. Related: Underlined; underlining. The noun is attested from 1888.

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