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

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

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To really emphasize that point, the landing legs and grid fins used for steering the rocket during landing have been removed from the vehicle. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch its final Falcon 9 rocket of the year for the Air Force," 21 Dec. 2018 One overarching theme that’s important to emphasize for doing setups: Try not to get carried away. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Everyone stands back to behold the three regal beauties, who don’t need crowns to validate their majesty, but will have them on soon enough in a later set of pictures to emphasize the point for those who don’t know. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 Microblading, microfeathering, and microshading are forms of semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos that emphasize subtle, realistic results. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Wanted to Try Microblading Until I Discovered This Brow Pencil," 6 Dec. 2018 The president has also emphasized that the deal didn’t end up happening in the end. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump once said he had “no dealings with Russia.” Now he claims “everybody knew” about them.," 30 Nov. 2018 Architects in Puerto Rico have long emphasized housing—emergency, temporary, and permanent—as a lack of up-to-code homes, declining property values, and high property vacancy rates have created a housing crisis. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 Chinese leaders have emphasized the benefits to foreign companies from trading with the world's second-largest economy in an effort to deflect pressure to change industrial plans communist leaders see as a route to prosperity and global influence. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, "European exporters shift trade and supply chains to avoid higher US tariffs," 10 July 2018 In its application to the Department of Transportation, JetBlue had emphasized Boston's 120 institutions of higher education and its healthcare and biotechnology industries as potential beneficiaries of a Boston-Cuba connection. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "JetBlue will add Boston-Havana route in November," 27 June 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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