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emphasize

[em-fuh-sahyz] /ˈɛm fəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), emphasized, emphasizing.
1.
to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress:
to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.
Origin of emphasize
1820-1830
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
Synonyms
accent, accentuate, highlight.
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emphasize

/ˈɛmfəˌsaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress
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Word Origin and History for emphasise
v.

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

emphasize

v.

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

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