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underscore (verb) emphasize.
When you underscore the importance of something you emphasize its importance. You say strongly that it is important. The speaker underscores the importance of physical fitness if he points out that physical fitness is very important.
- In the course of teaching, the teacher often underscored the need for repeated practice. He stressed the importance of practice in mastering something.
- There is no need to underscore the need for hard work if you want to succeed in nay field. There is no need to stress the point, as every one knows the importance of hard work for success.