To underscore is to draw special attention to a fact, idea, or situation. When you're involved in a debate, it’s wise to underscore the points that best support your argument.

Literally, underscore means “to underline,” or draw a line beneath a word to emphasize it. In common speech, to underscore something is to call attention to it. If a worker sustained an injury on the job, for instance, the event would underscore the need for workplace safety. Underscore is also used to mean "emphasize." During a job interview, you want to underscore any experience that relates to the job you are applying for.

Definitions of underscore
  1. verb
    give extra weight to (a communication)
    synonyms: emphasise, emphasize, underline
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    type of:
    accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress
    to stress, single out as important
  2. verb
    draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to
    synonyms: underline
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    type of:
    make or leave a mark on
  3. noun
    a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter)
    synonyms: underline
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    type of:
    a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
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