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

Example Sentences

supermarket tabloids that emphasize sensational news stories that huge belt buckle only emphasizes his big gut
Recent Examples on the Web The property has a circular driveway, a garage with opaque glass garage doors attached to the house and horizontal cedar planks that emphasize the path into the house. Brendel Hightower, USA TODAY, 11 Nov. 2022 Programs to counter violent extremism, particularly those that emphasize early intervention and deradicalization, have yielded some successes in at-risk communities. Bryn Nelson, Scientific American, 5 Nov. 2022 These dispatches, intended for watchful higher-ups, generally consist of upbeat recitations of recruitment efforts and meeting summaries that emphasize the fulfillment of Beijing’s political goals. Katherine Eban, ProPublica, 28 Oct. 2022 The president will make these arguments during remarks that will also emphasize plans from Micron Technology to spend up to $100 billion on a semiconductor-manufacturing campus in upstate New York. Catherine Lucey, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 The goal, founder Sonia Kastner says, is to speed the adoption of new firefighting techniques that emphasize using the heavy artillery of firefighting, like aircraft, well before a fire spreads out of control. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2022 Look for fabrics that emphasize breathability and durability (seamless construction is a bonus), like merino wool blends or synthetics. Melissa Mcgibbon, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 Although the worlds that the pair have helped create exist online, the DSMP is grounded in real relationships — ones that largely emphasize fun and entertainment, but are not impervious to the reality of grief. Rachel Seo, Variety, 13 Oct. 2022 As multiple respiratory viruses continue to spread, experts emphasize the importance of vaccination, which is available for two of the three viruses in heavy circulation. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 11 Nov. 2022 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 9 Dec. 2022.

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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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