emphasize

verb
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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Cash emphasizes that this study is narrowly focused on estimating how much people value Facebook, leaving aside the many justifiable concerns about privacy, or the network's role in spreading misinformation, or vulnerability to hacking by trolls. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study," 27 Dec. 2018 The contrast of the vicious confrontation with the patriotic tune emphasizes a theme of the coming season: perhaps the American dream isn't beautiful for everyone, after all. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Ed Speleers Breaks Down Tonight's Shocking Final Scene," 4 Nov. 2018 The New Norm, introduced in February 2018 after 7 years of study, emphasizes sustainability. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018 Lucky for me, these magic squares of silk, and scarf prints, have been given new life by designers who have of late shaken off scarves’ granny associations while emphasizing their vintage appeal. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "In the Season of the Scarf, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Sumatra Print Stands Out," 13 Dec. 2018 While other cream puffs emphasize the puff, Nielsen’s potato is really about the cream. Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, "For a sweet dose of hygge, try Nielsen’s Pastries in Lower Queen Anne," 11 Dec. 2018 Attachment parenting emphasizes a strong bond between parents and children, with parents being highly attuned and receptive to their child's needs. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Attachment Parenting? Parents and Children Share a Close Bond," 30 Nov. 2018 But just as important, say industry professionals, may be the fact that the story’s focus on social justice, which has been strongly emphasized in Mr. Sorkin’s version, resonates with a younger market. Charles Passy, WSJ, "‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Hits Broadway Box-Office Bonanza," 9 Feb. 2019 This year’s midterms included a raft of women emphasizing their time in the armed forces. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of emphasize

1793, in the meaning defined above

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emphasize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of emphasize

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

emphasize

verb
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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