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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.
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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Historical Examples of emphasizing

  • 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



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



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

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