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UK [ˈemfəsaɪz] / US [ˈemfəˌsaɪz] verb [transitive]
Word forms "emphasize":
present tense I/you/we/they emphasize he/she/it emphasizes present participle emphasizing past tense emphasized past participle emphasized
1) to give particular importance or attention to something

At school they emphasize good manners.

emphasize that:

She emphasizes that her novels are not written for children.

2) to say a phrase, word, or part of a word with extra loudness so that people give special attention to it

When you pronounce "desert" you emphasize the first syllable, but in "desserts", it's the second one you emphasize.

3) to make something more noticeable

Naomi's short hair emphasized her cheekbones.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Emphasize — Em pha*size, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emphasized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Emphasizing}.] To utter or pronounce with a particular stress of voice; to make emphatic; as, to emphasize a word or a phrase …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • emphasize — I verb accent, accentuate, affirm, argue, articulate, assert, bear, contend, dwell, enforce, enhance, feature, heighten, highlight, insist, intensify, iterate, magnify, mark, plead, point up, pronounce, protest, punctuate, reaffirm, repeat,… …   Law dictionary

  • emphasize — 1828, from EMPHASIS (Cf. emphasis) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Emphasized; emphasizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • emphasize — (Amer.) em·pha·size || emfÉ™saɪz v. stress, accentuate the importance of, underscore; make more obviously defined (e.g.: The skirt she is wearing emphasizes her waist ), emphasise …   English contemporary dictionary

  • emphasize — [v] stress, give priority to accent, accentuate, affirm, articulate, assert, bear down, charge, dramatize, dwell on, enlarge, enunciate, headline, highlight, hit*, impress, indicate, insist on, italicize, labor the point*, limelight*, maintain,… …   New thesaurus

  • emphasize — (also emphasise) ► VERB ▪ give special importance or prominence to …   English terms dictionary

  • emphasize — [em′fə sīz΄] vt. emphasized, emphasizing to give emphasis to; give special force or prominence to; stress …   English World dictionary

  • emphasize — (BrE also ise) verb ADVERB ▪ clearly, heavily, strongly ▪ rightly ▪ The new law rightly emphasizes parental responsibility. ▪ consistently …   Collocations dictionary

  • emphasize — /em feuh suyz /, v.t., emphasized, emphasizing. to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara. Also, esp. Brit., emphasise. [1820 30; EMPHAS(IS) + IZE] Syn. accent, accentuate, highlight. * …   Universalium

  • emphasize — em|pha|size [ emfə,saız ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to give particular importance or attention to something: At school they emphasize good manners. 2. ) to say a phrase, word, or part of a word with extra loudness so that people give special… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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