Definition of emphasize in English:


(also emphasise)


  • 1Give special importance or value to (something) in speaking or writing.

    ‘they emphasize the need for daily, one-to-one contact between parent and child’
    [with clause] ‘I would emphasize that I am not an economist’
    • ‘From the very beginning, it was emphasized that European integration should be an ongoing process.’
    • ‘The findings emphasize the value of farming coffee in shaded environments.’
    • ‘Yet it is important to emphasize that liberalism did not disappear.’
    • ‘Contending approaches emphasize different aspects of the integration process.’
    • ‘Several authors have particularly emphasized the importance of protein synthesis.’
    • ‘The findings emphasize the deleterious effects of cocaine on the brain and the potential for improvement with medications.’
    • ‘Taylor's study emphasizes the impact of humans on fish in streams and rivers.’
    • ‘It is important to emphasize that dementia is a syndrome and not a disease.’
    • ‘We invent indices that extract and emphasize only those aspects of the data that are of interest.’
    • ‘It also emphasized that groundwater contamination had become a critical problem.’
    • ‘It was emphasized that - just as in the earlier age of globalization - there are winners and losers.’
    • ‘Yet many people emphasized that training alone did not make a good worker.’
    • ‘He also emphasized that architecture should harmonize with nature.’
    • ‘Each speaker emphasized that business, government and the media all must learn how to function in crisis mode.’
    • ‘Paz also emphasizes the importance of selecting the right equipment before the project starts.’
    • ‘I can't emphasize enough what respect I have for the kind of research Crouch has done.’
    • ‘The authors emphasize how the development of mathematical understanding is related to individual differences rather than group differences.’
    • ‘I can't emphasize enough how important it is to pay attention to your body.’
    • ‘One scholar emphasizes the necessity of developing a code to label research findings during data analysis.’
    • ‘Other forms of treatment emphasize learning to adjust to the disorder rather than removing the problematic behaviour.’
    • ‘Scholars now emphasize the increasing political power of the peasants.’
    • ‘And the complexity of humans is something that is emphasized throughout this book.’
    bring attention to, call attention to, draw attention to, focus attention on, highlight, point up, spotlight, foreground, play up, make a point of
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  • 2Lay stress on (a word or phrase) when speaking.

    ‘his father emphasized the wrong words in his sentence’
    • ‘The word ‘my’ was extremely emphasized, as though she owned it and was made to give it away.’
    • ‘I will read them as they now appear in the Act of 1948 and emphasise the significant words.’
    • ‘The words I have emphasised give rise to two issues of interpretation on which the parties are fundamentally divided.’
    • ‘The words which I have emphasised replace the words of the section as enacted in the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965.’
    • ‘She turned deliberately and looked him directly in the face as she replied, carefully emphasizing each word in a low, even tone,’
    • ‘I said that slowly, emphasizing each and every word.’
    • ‘There are, as it seems to me, good reasons for the inclusion of the words which I have emphasised.’
    • ‘I want to emphasize all the words in the title of this conference.’
    • ‘She read each report out loud, emphasizing each and every word.’
    • ‘The lack of response prompted the creature to repeat his words, emphasizing each as he screamed them at the man he had once cared for as deeply as a brother.’
    • ‘Some authors do underline words they want to emphasise.’
    • ‘I keep referring to the word ‘disclosure’ because that is the word I am emphasising in my new title for this bill.’
    stress, put the accent on, put the force on, put the stress on, accent, accentuate, weight
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  • 3Make (something) more clearly defined.

    ‘a hip-length jacket which emphasized her shape’
    • ‘By placing the code which defines the work before the work itself, it emphasizes the link between computational and conceptual art.’
    • ‘A shorter jacket will emphasize your height as well as your skinny waist, arms and legs.’
    • ‘Michael stood up straight, making sure to emphasize his height and build… just in case.’
    • ‘Chanel's Spring collection only emphasizes the classic fashions that define the Chanel line.’
    • ‘The underside is defined with a hard sharp shadow that emphasizes the top image fading into the walls and ceiling.’
    • ‘We suffer as we struggle to define our individuality and hence simultaneously emphasize our separateness.’