emphasize

verb em·pha·size \ ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsīz \

Definition of emphasize

emphasized; emphasizing
transitive verb
:to place emphasis on :stress
  • emphasized the need for reform

Examples of emphasize in a Sentence

  1. supermarket tabloids that emphasize sensational news stories

  2. that huge belt buckle only emphasizes his big gut

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First Known Use of emphasize

1793

emphasize Synonyms


EMPHASIZE Defined for English Language Learners

emphasize

verb

Definition of emphasize for English Language Learners

  • : to give special attention to (something) : to place emphasis on (something)


EMPHASIZE Defined for Kids

emphasize

verb em·pha·size \ ˈem-fə-ˌsīz \

Definition of emphasize for Students

emphasized; emphasizing
:to give special attention or importance to
  • He emphasized the word “maybe.”


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