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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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Examples from the Web for emphasises

Historical Examples

  • Tollens emphasises this fact in his studies of cellulose-estimation methods.

    Researches on Cellulose

    C. F. Cross

  • It emphasises the negative side of the individual—his separateness.

    Creative Unity

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • All art, all literature, is of significance only as it emphasises sex.


    Simeon Strunsky

  • In representing this technically he simplifies, emphasises, eliminates and abstracts.

    Beauty and the Beast

    Stewart A. McDowall

  • Again and again he emphasises that it comes from God Himself.

British Dictionary definitions for emphasises



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



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

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