em·​pha·​size ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsīz How to pronounce emphasize (audio)
emphasized; emphasizing

transitive verb

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

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 By emphasizing the changes the planet is already undergoing, the scientific community wants to make sure leaders at COP28 understand the urgency of climate change and the weight of their decisions, said Brenda Ekwurzel, director of climate science for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Jenny Gross, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 With his hold on power crumbling, Nixon sought to capitalize on Kissinger’s foreign policy stature by emphasizing his role in the administration. Norman Kempster, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Council member Zachary Parker (D-Ward 5), emphasized the need for a clearer citywide strategy and determining what changes are necessary to boost case closures by D.C. police and prosecutions by the U.S. attorney for the District. Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 Instead, emphasizing prevention, respecting the animal’s territory, and understanding their behavior ensures a safer coexistence. Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 30 Nov. 2023 Speaking to reporters after the debate, Newsom emphasized that supporting the Biden campaign was a key part of his strategy going into Thursday night. Will McDuffie, ABC News, 30 Nov. 2023 The attention paid to the topic by crypto trade media emphasizes the current fixation in industry circles. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 29 Nov. 2023 But the court emphasized that the penalty should be closely tied to the cost of the training. Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Failure to make progress now increases humanity’s future reliance on still-nascent technologies like carbon capture, which will attempt to scrub carbon from the atmosphere, the UN emphasizes. Matt Simon, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


emphas(is) + -ize

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emphasize was in 1793

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“Emphasize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emphasize. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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em·​pha·​size ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsīz How to pronounce emphasize (audio)
emphasized; emphasizing
: to place emphasis on : stress as being important or so as to stand out

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