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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 of underline
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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  • Varvara Petrovna read this first letter greedily, and underlining in pencil the exclamation: "Where are they both?"

    The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Smith used it continually, underlining his remarks with it, so to speak.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • He had read Dorian Gray the whole of the evening before, underlining appropriate aphorisms.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • Between a couple of—(underlining the word) Shirts, and brought it home.

    Puppets at Large F. Anstey
  • This e-text uses a combination of underlining and mouse-hovers.

  • Material and color are indicated on the left by underlining.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • "My dear—I believe he drinks," she said, underlining the words.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
British Dictionary definitions for underlining

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 underlining

underline

v.

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

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