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 Addressing how to deal with complaints against talent, McCall highlighted some of the complexities involved and emphasized that issues go beyond the TV industry. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2023 In describing the developing show, Stroman and her producers all emphasized the stage musical’s embrace of comedy. Gordon Cox, Variety, 21 Sep. 2023 When asked about Young’s crowning and the mixed reaction that followed, a North Kansas City Schools official emphasized that student votes determine the homecoming courts. Jay Valle, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2023 Captain America wasn’t even from the Silver Age; Kirby and Joe Simon created him in the forties, and his adventures in the sixties emphasized his status as a holdover from the Greatest Generation, a lonely man out of time. Stephanie Burt, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2023 All of the show’s installations emphasize these themes. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Sep. 2023 On the flip side, classical Chinese art does not deny death, and in fact often emphasizes it directly through Buddhist and Taoist philosophical themes, or indirectly through representations of the natural world and the seasonal cycle of life, death, and rebirth. WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 Horn and his attorneys used it to differentiate him from other rioters, emphasizing that Horn wasn’t aggressive to law enforcement and didn’t appear to destroy any property. Perry Stein, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023 Malin Jimenez, an Indigenous Maya from Guatemala and a community representative for the harbor coalition, emphasized the need to bring attention to the climate crisis. Austindedios, oregonlive, 10 Sep. 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 4 Oct. 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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