Synonyms and Antonyms of emphasize

  1. 1 to indicate the importance of by centering attention on <supermarket tabloids that emphasize sensational news stories> Synonyms accent, accentuate, feature, foreground, highlight, illuminate, play up, point (up), press, punctuate, stress Related Words focus, identify, pinpoint, spotlight; advertise, boost, plug, promote, publicize; overplay Phrases bear down on, make much of Near Antonyms tone (down), underemphasize, understate; belittle, discount, disparage, minimize Antonyms de-emphasize, play down

  2. 2 to make more apparent <that huge belt buckle only emphasizes his big gut> Synonyms accentuate, bring out, italicize, stress, underline, underscore Related Words amplify, beef (up), boost, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; augment, deepen, enhance, enlarge, heighten, magnify, maximize, supplement; enliven, jazz (up) Near Antonyms decrease, diminish, lessen, minimize, reduce, subdue, tone (down), understate, weaken Antonyms de-emphasize

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