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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emphasise
British spelling of emphasize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: emphasised.

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