Definition of underscore in English:



Pronunciation /ˈʌndəskɔː/
  • 1A line drawn under a word or phrase for emphasis.

    dash, rule, bar, score
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    1. 1.1 (on a computer or typewriter keyboard) a short horizontal line _ on the baseline.
      • ‘Make sure you include a hyphen or underscore between each word.’
      • ‘Well, the underscore, to the best of my knowledge was used in computer programming when a space wouldn't do; when a space would confuse the program.’
      • ‘For example, maybe you really hate typing underscore characters, so you don't use them when naming database tables or named constants.’
      • ‘Variable names always start with a dollar sign and then have the variable name, which can have letters, numbers, or underscores but can't start with a number.’
      • ‘The import filter offered to replace the hyphen with an underscore character, and other than the name change, the file read perfectly.’
      • ‘My browser at work won't accept URLs with underscores in them, so I always had to wait until I got home to catch up with Dawn's escapades.’


[with object]
Pronunciation /ʌndəˈskɔː/
  • 1Underline (something).

    • ‘It was not uncommon for respondents to heavily underscore the words ‘secure job with a pension’ in their answers to my question about why they went to university.’
    mark, pick out, emphasize, highlight
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    1. 1.1 Emphasize.
      ‘the company underscored the progress made with fuel cells’
      • ‘The decision underscores once again, however, that for the Supreme Court, the rights of young people are shredded when they walk through the schoolhouse gates.’
      • ‘Jack underscored his words by sending Adam sprawling to the ground with another push.’
      • ‘That is certainly true, although it underscores the somewhat narrow focus and reach of his analysis.’
      • ‘‘This review underscores just how seriously these budget cuts are impacting the university,’ Allen said.’
      • ‘The research underscores, for example, the importance of people's being motivated to become a part of the host culture, of having a strong sense of self and of finding a cultural mentor.’
      • ‘The episode underscores just how furious - and arrogant - big media owners can get when journalists challenge their prerogatives and power.’
      • ‘What this underscores is that the strategic significance of a region depends ultimately on the extent to which it gets caught up in the interactions of great powers.’
      • ‘During the poetry reading sessions, she acknowledges her audience by frequently underscoring important words both with a vocal change and a head movement towards or away from her listeners.’
      • ‘Your comment underscores for me why I think a movie using special effects would be an obscenity.’
      • ‘The ‘it-girl’ persona underscores what is valued in the public sphere for women, namely wealth, beauty, and social status.’
      • ‘But this awful moment, haunting in an overt way, only underscores what the rest of the film does not do - make you care a whit about what happens to Cal.’
      • ‘Even as he recounts over 30 years later that I lost one patient during that epidemic, one is conscious of the sense of regret which underscores the words.’
      • ‘The tug of cultural anthropology and sociology is strong here, and underscores food as symbol and metaphor, a cultural numerator essential to the human equation.’
      • ‘It's a handsome house carefully attended by a mindful gardener who simply underscores its unfussy character.’
      call attention to, focus attention on, focus on, spotlight, foreground, underline, feature, point up, play up, show up, bring out, accentuate, accent, give prominence to, bring to the fore, zero in on, bring home to one, stress, emphasize, place emphasis on, give emphasis to
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