em·​pha·​size | \ ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsīz How to pronounce emphasize (audio) \
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

supermarket tabloids that emphasize sensational news stories that huge belt buckle only emphasizes his big gut

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Bevin emphasized in his statement of April 2016 that this would be a major area for investigation. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "3 years, 0 criminal charges and $550K later, Bevin is still investigating Steve Beshear," 12 June 2019 In this camp, Banks has emphasized quickness, bringing in smaller fighters to better prepare Golovkin for Rolls, a solid athlete who likes to move in the ring. Chris Mannix, SI.com, "Gennadiy Golovkin Looks to Begin a New Era vs. Steve Rolls at MSG," 7 June 2019 In addition to stealth, sensors, and lethality, the aircraft’s design will emphasize on long range, potentially accompanying bombers such as the upcoming B-21 Raider on deep penetration missions far into enemy territory. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After the F-35, the Navy Will Make Its Next Fighter Without the Air Force," 7 May 2019 Without such steps being emphasized in emergency checklists, crews may lack a full understanding of how MCAS works and how to disable it, these pilots say. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Pilots Take Aim at Instructions for Boeing 737 MAX," 3 Apr. 2019 In interviews, the researchers’ families, friends, and colleagues all emphasize their dedication to Iran’s wildlife and wild places. Frans Lanting, National Geographic, "Jailed researchers trying to protect threatened cheetahs in Iran await verdict," 15 Mar. 2019 Cucumbers As every athlete knows (and dietitians can’t emphasize enough), hydration is crucial to athletic performance. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 In auditioning some 700 actors, Mr. Grey and the other creators emphasized theatrical experience and talent over fluency. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "How Do You Say ‘Tradition’ in Yiddish?," 11 July 2018 However, that plan does not emphasize driverless vehicle lanes as Wolff and Conley intend with their plan. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of emphasize

1793, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2019

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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 How to pronounce emphasize (audio) \
emphasized; emphasizing

Kids Definition of emphasize

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

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having a desire to acquire more things

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