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[em-fuh-sahyz] /ˈɛm fəˌsaɪz/
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.
1820-30; emphas(is) + -ize
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for emphasizing
  • 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.
  • Adults tend to objectify the body by emphasizing the somatic experience rather than the context of the event.
  • The author of this article only aims at emphasizing his own importance.
  • These programs provide educational experiences emphasizing professional and personal knowledge, development and integrity.
  • Constructed qualitative case studies for clients emphasizing summative and formative issues.
  • It has drafted a long-term, gradualist plan for higher-education reforms, emphasizing more autonomy for universities.
  • Be shameless about emphasizing how your project will further social goals or have policy implications.
British Dictionary definitions for emphasizing


(transitive) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress
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Word Origin and History for emphasizing



1828, from emphasis + -ize. Related: Emphasized; emphasizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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