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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 emphasized
  • There was the humane appeal of a story that emphasized the possibility of forgiveness and redemption.
  • There is one element of the story that is not emphasized in this article.
  • Newfound prominence in the health-care and financial sectors should also be emphasized.
  • In his later years, he emphasized its inevitability and worried that science was keeping people alive too long.
  • There are no plans to create human chimeras, a researcher emphasized.
  • Cost reduction has been over emphasized as a way to improve earnings.
  • The real problem, which hasn't really been emphasized, is that academic science is not structured well for anyone.
  • Every other news report on this data emphasized that even the researchers who made the observations are dubious of the results.
  • Your gift will have a clear impact, as emphasized by the thank you letter that every donor receives from the grateful teacher.
  • At the reception following the show, he emphasized the importance of protecting biodiversity.
British Dictionary definitions for emphasized


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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