(BrE also -ise) verb
clearly, heavily, strongly

The new law rightly emphasizes parental responsibility.

consistently, continually, repeatedly
especially, particularly
must, should

I must emphasize that this is only a summary,

be important to

It is important to emphasize this point.

seem to, serve to, tend to

All the arguments serve to emphasize the controversy surrounding this disease.

fail to
be at pains to, be keen to (esp. BrE)

I have been at pains to emphasize the positive aspects of discipline.

Emphasize is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑article, ↑report, ↑text, ↑tradition
Emphasize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑aspect, ↑belief, ↑complexity, ↑continuity, ↑contrast, ↑credentials, ↑difference, ↑extent, ↑fact, ↑gulf, ↑importance, ↑nature, ↑necessity, ↑need, ↑point, ↑relevance, ↑role, ↑teamwork, ↑value, ↑word

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  • emphasize — 1828, from EMPHASIS (Cf. emphasis) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Emphasized; emphasizing …   Etymology dictionary

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  • emphasize */*/ — UK [ˈemfəsaɪz] / US [ˈemfəˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms emphasize : present tense I/you/we/they emphasize he/she/it emphasizes present participle emphasizing past tense emphasized past participle emphasized 1) to give particular importance… …   English dictionary

  • emphasize — /em feuh suyz /, v.t., emphasized, emphasizing. to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara. Also, esp. Brit., emphasise. [1820 30; EMPHAS(IS) + IZE] Syn. accent, accentuate, highlight. * …   Universalium

  • emphasize — em|pha|size [ emfə,saız ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to give particular importance or attention to something: At school they emphasize good manners. 2. ) to say a phrase, word, or part of a word with extra loudness so that people give special… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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