Definition of emphasize in English:


Line breaks: em|pha¦size
Pronunciation: /ˈɛmfəsʌɪz
(also emphasise)


[with object]
  • 2Lay stress on (a word or phrase) when speaking: his father emphasized the wrong words in his sentence
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    • 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.
    stress, put the stress/accent/force on, accent, accentuate, weight
  • 3Make (something) more clearly defined: a hip-length jacket which emphasized her shape
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    • 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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