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emphasize

[em-fuh-sahyz]
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verb (used with object), em·pha·sized, em·pha·siz·ing.
  1. to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.
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Also especially British, em·pha·sise.

Origin of emphasize

First recorded in 1820–30; emphas(is) + -ize
Related formshy·per·em·pha·size, verb (used with object), hy·per·em·pha·sized, hy·per·em·pha·siz·ing.mis·em·pha·size, verb (used with object), mis·em·pha·sized, mis·em·pha·siz·ing.re·em·pha·size, verb (used with object), re·em·pha·sized, re·em·pha·siz·ing.su·per·em·pha·size, verb (used with object), su·per·em·pha·sized, su·per·em·pha·siz·ing.un·em·pha·sized, adjectiveun·em·pha·siz·ing, adjectivewell-em·pha·sized, adjective

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accent, accentuate, highlight.
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Examples from the Web for emphasize

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  • As though she had meant by wearing it to emphasize her belief in her lover.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • This was no time for him to ask me such a question, especially to emphasize the "you."

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Suddenly she leant forward upon the table as though to emphasize what she had to say.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • The discovery seemed only to emphasize the helplessness of his predicament.

  • This physiology, we may emphasize, is not derived from an investigation of human anatomy.


British Dictionary definitions for emphasize

emphasize

emphasise

verb
  1. (tr) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress
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Word Origin and History for emphasize

v.

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

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