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
But they may not have emphasised appearances enough.
Its campaign emphasised tax cuts rather than a leaner state.
In public so far the new governments have emphasised their support for free markets and property rights.
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