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

Examples of emphasize in a Sentence

supermarket tabloids that emphasize sensational news stories that huge belt buckle only emphasizes his big gut
Recent Examples on the Web The opening theme, famous for its menacing offbeats, which Valenzuela chose to emphasize rather than soften, was deft and precise. Luke Schulze, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 And anime’s strong fan culture and the event-like nature of its releases would seem almost tailor-made for a moment when the theatrical model more than ever needs to emphasize the benefits of the in-person communal experience. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 Considered an essential tool by anyone reading books and trying to emphasize certain key passages to refer to later, the ____________ was invented by Carter’s Ink in Cambridge in 1963. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 Second, bipartisan climate initiatives tend to emphasize local benefits of climate policies instead of a moral imperative to fight climate change. Nives Dolsak And Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 14 May 2022 The earliest media coverage of Instagram tended to emphasize the platform’s technical attributes—its ease of use, its many filters, the pleasantness of its neat grid layout—as much as the social aspects. The New Yorker, 13 May 2022 Aides were keen to emphasize following the announcement that the 96-year-old monarch continues with other duties, including virtual audiences and phonecalls. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 9 May 2022 The Kremlin neither declared victory in Ukraine nor ordered a mass mobilization on Monday, but Mr. Putin did emphasize his claim that what the Kremlin has described as a special military operation was in response to an existential threat. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 9 May 2022 President Biden will participate in the Group of Seven talks with the Ukrainian leader, which are meant in part to emphasize common resolve in response to the 10-week-old war, the White House said. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of emphasize

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emphasize

emphas(is) + -ize

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“Emphasize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emphasize. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for emphasize


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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