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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This thoughtless prodigality of Charles is emphasized by the fact that he was impoverished in the midst of his profuseness.

  • You must not spoil the impression you have made for yourself and which we have emphasized all along.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • It was at this time that he emphasized very much the fact that everyone must make up his conscience for himself.

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • He emphasized the last word, and Captain Candage gave him a grateful look.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I saw every detail of what happened then, emphasized and heightened as though revealed through a slowmotion picture.

British Dictionary definitions for emphasized


(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 emphasized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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