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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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Examples from the Web for emphasised
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  • But I return to the point I have emphasised already, the only point to this book.

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

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • M. de Naarboveck emphasised and justified the journalist's astonishment.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • And Mrs. Dallow emphasised this assertion by the way she rose erect.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • The girlish tones were emphasised by most undoubtedly manly thumps.

  • This was emphasised by some of the best caricatures he ever produced.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann
  • It was emphasised by contrast with his own distressing state.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • This view may be emphasised by the most remarkable writings of the period.

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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