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

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Walsh expressed frustration that the national media attempted to tie Chang’s departure to the lawsuit, emphasizing the timing was coincidental and that Chang, an immigrant, is a tireless advocate for those who have come to America. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Interim schools chief ready to make ‘important moves’," 29 June 2018 The House Republicans’ report also emphasized the lack of public evidence that Trump’s allies conspired with Russians, something that remains under investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate panel backs up intelligence agencies, says Russia aimed to help Trump in election," 4 July 2018 The organization emphasizes that although toothbrushes have been found to carry bacteria (including from feces), there is no solid proof that this will actually harm you. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What's the Most Sanitary Way to Store Your Toothbrush?," 29 Mar. 2019 Olivia Choy, the paper’s lead author and now a psychologist at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, emphasized that the participants got only one 20-minute stimulation session. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Can zapping people’s brains reduce violence? Controversial study sees potential," 2 July 2018 County Executive Barry Glassman and Rich Gardiner, of the Bel Air fire company, emphasized the importance of citizens learning CPR. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Brighley Watson, 2, meets Harford County rescuers who helped save her life," 20 June 2018 Cash emphasizes that this study is narrowly focused on estimating how much people value Facebook, leaving aside the many justifiable concerns about privacy, or the network's role in spreading misinformation, or vulnerability to hacking by trolls. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study," 27 Dec. 2018 The contrast of the vicious confrontation with the patriotic tune emphasizes a theme of the coming season: perhaps the American dream isn't beautiful for everyone, after all. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Ed Speleers Breaks Down Tonight's Shocking Final Scene," 4 Nov. 2018 The New Norm, introduced in February 2018 after 7 years of study, emphasizes sustainability. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Olympics try more city-friendly bid process: Will it work?," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of emphasize

1793, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2019

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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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