- to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.
Also especially British, em·pha·sise.
Origin of emphasize
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accent, accentuate, highlight.
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Examples from the Web for emphasize
The pictures of Gilkes emphasize, quite rightly and inevitably, his classic good looks.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
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In 2014, it appears, the key to winning in a swing state is to avoid talking about issues and emphasize pig castration.Tea Party Firebrand Wins Big in Iowa
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And as if to emphasize their accounts, in early afternoon a U.S. airstrike hit a building in the middle of Kobani.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?
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Not quite saying what academic aptitude is, he is sure Harvard should emphasize it to create a “true meritocracy.”The Elite American College Pile-On
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September 15, 2014
The problem, I should emphasize, is not that the Internet is evil.Keep Our Wilderness Off Of Wi-Fi
September 3, 2014
As though she had meant by wearing it to emphasize her belief in her lover.K
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
The discovery seemed only to emphasize the helplessness of his predicament.The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
This physiology, we may emphasize, is not derived from an investigation of human anatomy.The Legacy of Greece
- (tr) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress
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Word Origin and History for emphasize
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