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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Acevedo said customer demand for hybrid pickups is not large, so if Toyota were to introduce a model, the company would likely emphasize improved performance from a partially electric engine, not gas mileage. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Toyota Tacoma sales up for 19th straight month," 4 June 2019 The deodorant will be called Here+Now, meant to emphasize Justin's commitment to mental health advocacy. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber's Net Worth Is Already Crazy and He's Only 24," 30 May 2019 Ever since Firefox Quantum overhauled the browser's backbone at the end of 2017, Firefox has emphasized speed as a niche in the crowded field of competing browsers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Firefox 67 arrives with faster performance and enhanced Private Browsing features," 21 May 2019 Apple has largely escaped this backlash and has sought to set itself apart by emphasizing its privacy safeguards. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Apple highlights privacy in new services in jab at rivals," 26 Mar. 2019 This opening sets up how this version of Watership Down will distinguish itself — by emphasizing all the parts of the narrative that involve perpetual dread. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 Xi, like Trump, is a nationalistic leader who has emphasized his strength and decisiveness and can’t afford to look weak in a confrontation with China’s biggest rival. Bloomberg.com, "China Begins to Question Whether It’s Ready for a Trade War," 26 June 2018 By emphasizing the importance of hand-washing and cleanliness, Safeguard has acted as the protector of the nation’s health for years. Haley Robinson, USA TODAY, "Norman King becomes the first college graduate of this small indigenous tribe," 21 June 2018 The bank again emphasized the importance of economic overhauls to help boost economic... Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil Central Bank Says Economy Still Exposed to Uncertainty," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of emphasize

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of emphasize was in 1793

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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