Definition of emphasize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈemfəˌsīz/


[with object]
1Give special importance or prominence to (something) in speaking or writing: he jabbed a finger into the tabletop to emphasize his point [with clause]: he emphasized that the drug works in only 30 percent of cases
More example sentences
  • Yet it is important to emphasize that liberalism did not disappear.
  • It is important to emphasize that dementia is a syndrome and not a disease.
  • Each speaker emphasized that business, government and the media all must learn how to function in crisis mode.
1.1Lay stress on (a word or phrase) when speaking.
Example sentences
  • I said that slowly, emphasizing each and every word.
  • The lack of response prompted the creature to repeat his words, emphasizing each as he screamed them at the man he had once cared for as deeply as a brother.
  • She read each report out loud, emphasizing each and every word.
1.2Make (something) more clearly defined: a one-piece bathing suit that emphasized her build
More example sentences
  • Michael stood up straight, making sure to emphasize his height and build… just in case.
  • A shorter jacket will emphasize your height as well as your skinny waist, arms and legs.
  • By placing the code which defines the work before the work itself, it emphasizes the link between computational and conceptual art.

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Syllabification: em·pha·size

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