Definition of emphasis
1a : force or intensity of expression that gives impressiveness or importance to somethingb : a particular prominence given in reading or speaking to one or more words or syllables
2 : special consideration of or stress or insistence on something
Examples of emphasis in a sentence
Our candidate's plan has a different emphasis.
<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: 1534
EMPHASIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emphasis for English Language Learners
: 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
EMPHASIS Defined for Kids
Definition of emphasis for Students
1 : a forcefulness in the way something is said or written that gives it special attention or importance
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 : special attention or importance given to something
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