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.

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

v.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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