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
Recent Examples on the Web Senior adviser to Biden, Symone Sanders, tried to clarify Biden's remarks while emphasizing his early years in local government. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden campaign ad takes swing at Pete Buttigieg before New Hampshire primary," 9 Feb. 2020 Best of all, Windward emphasized its ultimate goal was to get students back into mainstream schools. USA Today, "Two boys with the same disability tried to get help. The rich student got it quickly. The poor student did not.," 9 Feb. 2020 Consider the Windows tablet market: The Surface Pro (2017), Surface Pro 6, and the recent Surface Pro 7 simply haven’t faced much competition, as OEMs somewhat de-emphasized tablets in favor of more traditional clamshell designs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft combines Windows and Surface, potentially making it tougher on PC makers," 5 Feb. 2020 The researchers emphasize that both the cooling and the pressure are critical to inducing this state change. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Wait, Did Scientists Finally Create Metallic Hydrogen?," 3 Feb. 2020 Evers emphasized his proposal to have a new commission draw election maps. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Evers, Barnes say Black History Month should be used to fight voter suppression," 3 Feb. 2020 By emphasizing driver autonomy, Uber has fine-tuned its service to avoid the exact liability that Strand is seeking. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "‘We’ve Got an Uber Driver Who’s Got a Gun’," 30 Jan. 2020 As many speakers emphasized, taking private autos out of the mix should have a beneficial effect in terms of personal safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and making buses flow a bit more smoothly. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Will banning cars solve Market Street’s problems? Don’t get your hopes up.," 29 Jan. 2020 Still, Musk emphasized the hard work ahead for the company, and during a nearly hour-long call, demonstrated just how many balls the electric automaker has in the air. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Tesla Reports Strong Results, but Challenges Loom Ahead," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Emphasize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emphasize. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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