emphasize

[em-fuh-sahyz]
verb (used with object), emphasized, emphasizing.
to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.
Also, especially British, emphasise.


Origin:
1820–30; emphas(is) + -ize

hyperemphasize, verb (used with object), hyperemphasized, hyperemphasizing.
misemphasize, verb (used with object), misemphasized, misemphasizing.
reemphasize, verb (used with object), reemphasized, reemphasizing.
superemphasize, verb (used with object), superemphasized, superemphasizing.
unemphasized, adjective
unemphasizing, adjective
well-emphasized, adjective


accent, accentuate, highlight.
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emphasize or emphasise (ˈɛmfəˌsaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress
 
emphasise or emphasise
 
vb

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emphasize
1828, from emphasis + -ize. Related: Emphasized; emphasizing.
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Example sentences
De-emphasizing the humanities at the college level simply means that many students won't acquire these skills at all.
Emphasizing pollution as well as climate change would be indeed a smart move.
The film is at its best when emphasizing its mysticism and clashes of custom.
By emphasizing conceptual language, as you say, it merely gives the illusion of
  objectivity.
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