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emphasize

[em-fuh-sahyz] /ˈɛm fəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), emphasized, emphasizing.
1.
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
1820-1830
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
Synonyms
accent, accentuate, highlight.
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  • Then, he bethought himself of a subtle form of rebuke by emphasizing his generosity.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "My child is not for a man like you," Hermione said, emphasizing the first word.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • To prove my sincerity I desire to help you win her love, emphasizing her.

    The Fifth String
     
     

    John Philip Sousa
  • "The trouble is right here," said the judge, emphasizing with blunt forefinger.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • There's highlighting and emphasizing selected perceptics and such.

    The Premiere Richard Sabia
British Dictionary definitions for emphasizing

emphasize

/ˈɛmfəˌsaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress
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Word Origin and History for emphasizing

emphasize

v.

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

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