Etymology
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emphasize (v.)

"to utter or pronounce with emphasis, lay stress upon; bring out clearly or distinctly," 1765, from emphasis + -ize. Related: Emphasized; emphasizing.

updated on September 13, 2020

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Definitions of emphasize from WordNet

emphasize (v.)
to stress, single out as important;
Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet
emphasize (v.)
give extra weight to (a communication);
Her gesture emphasized her words
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