verb (used with object), un·der·scored, un·der·scor·ing.
- to mark with a line or lines underneath; underline, as for emphasis.
- to stress; emphasize: The recent tragedy underscores the danger of disregarding safety rules.
- a line drawn beneath something written or printed.
- music for a film soundtrack; background for a film or stage production.
verb (ˌʌndəˈskɔː) (tr)
- to draw or score a line or mark under
- to stress or reinforce
- 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.