Definition of emphasize in English:


(British emphasise)


[with object]
  • 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’
    • ‘The findings emphasize the value of farming coffee in shaded environments.’
    • ‘The authors emphasize how the development of mathematical understanding is related to individual differences rather than group differences.’
    • ‘It is important to emphasize that dementia is a syndrome and not a disease.’
    • ‘Each speaker emphasized that business, government and the media all must learn how to function in crisis mode.’
    • ‘Yet it is important to emphasize that liberalism did not disappear.’
    • ‘I can't emphasize enough how important it is to pay attention to your body.’
    • ‘Scholars now emphasize the increasing political power of the peasants.’
    • ‘Contending approaches emphasize different aspects of the integration process.’
    • ‘We invent indices that extract and emphasize only those aspects of the data that are of interest.’
    • ‘And the complexity of humans is something that is emphasized throughout this book.’
    • ‘It was emphasized that - just as in the earlier age of globalization - there are winners and losers.’
    • ‘Paz also emphasizes the importance of selecting the right equipment before the project starts.’
    • ‘He also emphasized that architecture should harmonize with nature.’
    • ‘From the very beginning, it was emphasized that European integration should be an ongoing process.’
    • ‘I can't emphasize enough what respect I have for the kind of research Crouch has done.’
    • ‘The findings emphasize the deleterious effects of cocaine on the brain and the potential for improvement with medications.’
    • ‘Other forms of treatment emphasize learning to adjust to the disorder rather than removing the problematic behaviour.’
    • ‘One scholar emphasizes the necessity of developing a code to label research findings during data analysis.’
    • ‘Taylor's study emphasizes the impact of humans on fish in streams and rivers.’
    • ‘Yet many people emphasized that training alone did not make a good worker.’
    • ‘It also emphasized that groundwater contamination had become a critical problem.’
    • ‘Several authors have particularly emphasized the importance of protein synthesis.’
    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’
    • ‘There are, as it seems to me, good reasons for the inclusion of the words which I have emphasised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I said that slowly, emphasizing each and every word.’
    • ‘I want to emphasize all the words in the title of this conference.’
    • ‘The words I have emphasised give rise to two issues of interpretation on which the parties are fundamentally divided.’
    • ‘I will read them as they now appear in the Act of 1948 and emphasise the significant words.’
    • ‘She read each report out loud, emphasizing each and every word.’
    • ‘Some authors do underline words they want to emphasise.’
    • ‘The word ‘my’ was extremely emphasized, as though she owned it and was made to give it away.’
    • ‘She turned deliberately and looked him directly in the face as she replied, carefully emphasizing each word in a low, even tone,’
    • ‘The words which I have emphasised replace the words of the section as enacted in the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘The underside is defined with a hard sharp shadow that emphasizes the top image fading into the walls and ceiling.’
    • ‘Chanel's Spring collection only emphasizes the classic fashions that define the Chanel line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By placing the code which defines the work before the work itself, it emphasizes the link between computational and conceptual art.’
    • ‘We suffer as we struggle to define our individuality and hence simultaneously emphasize our separateness.’