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or (especially British) emphasise

[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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  • He told his tale to Seth in a short, direct manner, emphasizing no single point in it.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • Then, he bethought himself of a subtle form of rebuke by emphasizing his generosity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He told his stories well, his vehemently idiomatic English emphasizing his points.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • "The trouble is right here," said the judge, emphasizing with blunt forefinger.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • Then he laid his hand on Ralph's with emphasizing beats, looking earnestly into his face.

    The Vision of Elijah Berl Frank Lewis Nason
British Dictionary definitions for emphasizing


(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 emphasizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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