Definition of emphasize in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Give special importance or prominence to (something) in speaking or writing.

    ‘he jabbed a finger into the tabletop to emphasize his point’
    with clause ‘he emphasized that the drug works in only 30 percent of cases’
    • ‘Scholars now emphasize the increasing political power of the peasants.’
    • ‘Other forms of treatment emphasize learning to adjust to the disorder rather than removing the problematic behaviour.’
    • ‘He also emphasized that architecture should harmonize with nature.’
    • ‘The authors emphasize how the development of mathematical understanding is related to individual differences rather than group differences.’
    • ‘Several authors have particularly emphasized the importance of protein synthesis.’
    • ‘I can't emphasize enough how important it is to pay attention to your body.’
    • ‘It also emphasized that groundwater contamination had become a critical problem.’
    • ‘One scholar emphasizes the necessity of developing a code to label research findings during data analysis.’
    • ‘Each speaker emphasized that business, government and the media all must learn how to function in crisis mode.’
    • ‘From the very beginning, it was emphasized that European integration should be an ongoing process.’
    • ‘We invent indices that extract and emphasize only those aspects of the data that are of interest.’
    • ‘It is important to emphasize that dementia is a syndrome and not a disease.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paz also emphasizes the importance of selecting the right equipment before the project starts.’
    • ‘The findings emphasize the value of farming coffee in shaded environments.’
    • ‘The findings emphasize the deleterious effects of cocaine on the brain and the potential for improvement with medications.’
    • ‘And the complexity of humans is something that is emphasized throughout this book.’
    • ‘Yet it is important to emphasize that liberalism did not disappear.’
    • ‘It was emphasized that - just as in the earlier age of globalization - there are winners and losers.’
    • ‘I can't emphasize enough what respect I have for the kind of research Crouch has done.’
    • ‘Contending approaches emphasize different aspects of the integration process.’
    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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    1. 1.1 Lay stress on (a word or phrase) when speaking.
      • ‘She read each report out loud, emphasizing each and every word.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She turned deliberately and looked him directly in the face as she replied, carefully emphasizing each word in a low, even tone,’
      • ‘Some authors do underline words they want to emphasise.’
      • ‘I want to emphasize all the words in the title of this conference.’
      • ‘The word ‘my’ was extremely emphasized, as though she owned it and was made to give it away.’
      • ‘I said that slowly, emphasizing each and every word.’
      • ‘The words I have emphasised give rise to two issues of interpretation on which the parties are fundamentally divided.’
      • ‘There are, as it seems to me, good reasons for the inclusion of the words which I have emphasised.’
      • ‘I will read them as they now appear in the Act of 1948 and emphasise the significant words.’
      stress, put the accent on, put the force on, put the stress on, accent, accentuate, weight
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    2. 1.2 Make (something) more clearly defined.
      ‘a one-piece bathing suit that emphasized her build’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’