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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.
Origin of emphasize
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 emphasise
  • The fund is keen to emphasise that no money has actually been set aside for the rescue.
  • Instead it will emphasise the heartland values of family and practicality.
  • And he was not alone in employing it to emphasise the interlocking fortunes of the two nations.
  • Both parties emphasise the need to pursue growth and to create jobs.
  • Both firms emphasise their history of competing with one another in television.
  • However, the governors' new standards still emphasise academic skills.
  • They would rather emphasise their expertise in a specific industry and play down their nationality.
  • Indeed, perhaps the best way to address concerns over the effects of video games is to emphasise their vast potential to educate.
  • Some complained that they were hungry, often patting their huge stomachs to emphasise the point.
  • Other orders might also make sense, depending on what you want to emphasise.
British Dictionary definitions for emphasise


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

chiefly British English spelling of emphasize; for spelling, see -ize. Related: Emphasised; emphasising.



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

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