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emphasize

[em-fuh-sahyz]
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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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accent, accentuate, highlight.
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Examples from the Web for reemphasize

Historical Examples

  • We shall therefore not detail any case, but it is wise to reemphasize some facts.

    The Nervous Housewife

    Abraham Myerson


British Dictionary definitions for reemphasize

emphasize

emphasise

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

emphasize

v.

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

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