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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.
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 emphasize
  • Also, and I can't emphasize this enough, it is never too early to start networking.
  • The movies tend to emphasize action, and lots of it.
  • This year, two major Oscar contenders again emphasize the horrors .
  • Many recipes call for butter and cream, but just as many emphasize vegetables.
  • Spanish documents from the 16th century emphasize steel swords as a favored military weapon.
  • Both emphasize fresh, local ingredients and hand-butchered meats.
  • We emphasize on teamwork and a mature playstyle.
  • Commercials for these devices tend to emphasize their most benign aspects.
  • It is true that in repeating a statement in order to emphasize it he may have need to vary its form.
  • He is right to emphasize the fright factor over accuracy.
British Dictionary definitions for emphasize


(transitive) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for emphasize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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