emphasis

noun em·pha·sis \ ˈem(p)-fə-səs \

Definition of emphasis

plural emphases play \ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsēz\
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 :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

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Origin and Etymology of emphasis

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



EMPHASIS Defined for English Language Learners

emphasis

noun

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

emphasis

noun em·pha·sis \ ˈem-fə-səs \

Definition of emphasis for Students

plural emphases \-ˌsēz\
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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