emphasize

[ em-fuh-sahyz ]
/ ˈɛm fəˌsaɪz /

verb (used with object), em·pha·sized, em·pha·siz·ing.

to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.

Nearby words

  1. emperor moth,
  2. emperor penguin,
  3. empery,
  4. emphasis,
  5. emphasise,
  6. emphatic,
  7. emphatically,
  8. emphysema,
  9. empire,
  10. empire builder

Also especially British, em·pha·sise.

Origin of emphasize

First recorded in 1820–30; emphas(is) + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for emphasize

emphasize

emphasise

/ (ˈɛmfəˌsaɪz) /

verb

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

emphasize

v.

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

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