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emphasis

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noun em·pha·sis \ˈem(p)-fə-səs\

Simple Definition of emphasis

  • : a forceful quality in the way something is said or written

  • : added force that is given to a word or syllable when speaking

  • : special importance or attention given to something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of emphasis

plural

emphases

play \-ˌsēz\
  1. 1 a :  force or intensity of expression that gives impressiveness or importance to something b :  a particular prominence given in reading or speaking to one or more words or syllables

  2. 2 :  special consideration of or stress or insistence on something

Examples of emphasis in a sentence

  1. Our candidate's plan has a different emphasis.

  2. <a prep school with a long-established emphasis on sports>



Origin and Etymology of emphasis

Latin, from Greek, exposition, emphasis, from emphainein to indicate, from en- + phainein to show — more at fancy


First Known Use: 1573



EMPHASIS Defined for Kids

emphasis

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noun em·pha·sis \ˈem-fə-səs\

Definition of emphasis for Students

plural

emphases

\-ˌsēz\
  1. 1 :  a forcefulness in the way something is said or written that gives it special attention or importance

  2. 2 :  special force given to one or more words or syllables in speaking or reading <In the word "vacation," the emphasis is on the second syllable.>

  3. 3 :  special attention or importance given to something





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