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[em-fuh-sahyz] /ˈɛm fəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), emphasized, emphasizing.
to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress:
to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.
Also, especially British, emphasise.
Origin of emphasize
First recorded in 1820-30; emphas(is) + -ize
Related forms
hyperemphasize, verb (used with object), hyperemphasized, hyperemphasizing.
misemphasize, verb (used with object), misemphasized, misemphasizing.
reemphasize, verb (used with object), reemphasized, reemphasizing.
superemphasize, verb (used with object), superemphasized, superemphasizing.
unemphasized, adjective
unemphasizing, adjective
well-emphasized, adjective
accent, accentuate, highlight. Unabridged
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  • Her very prettiest “please,” accompanied by a quick rise to her feet which emphasised the eagerness of her words.

    Big Game Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • This was emphasised by some of the best caricatures he ever produced.

    The History of "Punch" M. H. Spielmann
  • Christianity took a different view of the matter—it exalted the spirit, and emphasised the baseness of the material.

    Rudolph Eucken Abel J. Jones
  • But I return to the point I have emphasised already, the only point to this book.

  • They have lately been emphasised in the ingenious and one-sided exaggerations of that brilliant man of letters, Mr. Taine.

  • She emphasised her words with a truly British scorn for those who live by their brains.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • He emphasised his sense of it by drawing her closer and holding her more tenderly.

    The Golden Bowl Henry James
  • M. de Naarboveck emphasised and justified the journalist's astonishment.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for emphasised


(transitive) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for emphasised



1828, from emphasis + -ize. Related: Emphasized; emphasizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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