em·pha·size | \ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsīz \
emphasized; emphasizing

Definition of emphasize 

transitive verb

: to place emphasis on : stress emphasized the need for reform

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Examples of emphasize in a Sentence

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In fairness, the game was played from inside-out back then, with teams emphasizing low-post scoring. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: It's time for the Bucks to retire Marques Johnson's jersey number," 14 July 2018 Despite the move, France did not leave the alliance, emphasizing its commitment to its mutual defense pact while, at the same time, developing its own nuclear deterrent. David Rising, Fox News, "A look at NATO and what the alliance does, past and present," 13 July 2018 The offer document Comcast published on Friday, meanwhile, highlighted that an independent committee of Sky's board currently supports the Comcast bid and emphasized that shareholders have until Aug. 22 to accept the bid. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "U.K. Takeover Panel Sets Minimum Price Disney Would Have to Pay for Sky," 13 July 2018 The See Art Orlando project consists of nine permanent sculptures emphasizing the city’s diversity. Dan Wine, OrlandoSentinel.com, "7 things to do in Orlando this summer — and they're all free," 12 July 2018 Both camps emphasize boating and seamanship, said Sallie Ransom, senior vice president of financial development for both camps – and a Seafarer alumna herself. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "At these YMCA camps, kids learn to sail, take in nature and 'make friends for life'," 12 July 2018 Alsop, who died after a short illness on May 12 at the age of 70, was known for designing buildings that featured an avant-garde modernism, emphasizing that architecture should be fun. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Playful shopping mall designed by Will Alsop to be built in Kenya," 10 July 2018 The franchise is emphasizing the run game after a poor performance in 2017. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Colts vs. Redskins," 9 July 2018 One somewhat delicate point the authors emphasize is their belief, despite criticism at the time, that the evacuation in the Everest region didn’t delay rescue efforts elsewhere in Nepal. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "The Devastating Aftermath of an Avalanche on Everest," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of emphasize

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emphasize was in 1793

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English Language Learners Definition of emphasize

: to give special attention to (something) : to place emphasis on (something)


em·pha·size | \ˈem-fə-ˌsīz \
emphasized; emphasizing

Kids Definition of emphasize

: to give special attention or importance to He emphasized the word “maybe.”

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to reject or criticize sharply

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