Definition of emphasize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈemfəsaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemfəsaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they emphasize
    BrE BrE//ˈemfəsaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemfəsaɪz//
    he / she / it emphasizes
    BrE BrE//ˈemfəsaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemfəsaɪzɪz//
    past simple emphasized
    BrE BrE//ˈemfəsaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemfəsaɪzd//
    past participle emphasized
    BrE BrE//ˈemfəsaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemfəsaɪzd//
    -ing form emphasizing
    BrE BrE//ˈemfəsaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemfəsaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1  to give special importance to something synonym stress emphasize something His speech emphasized the importance of attracting industry to the town. emphasize that… She emphasized that their plan would mean sacrifices and hard work. emphasize how, what, etc… He emphasized how little was known about the disease. it must/should be emphasized that… It should be emphasized that this is only one possible explanation. + speech ‘This must be our top priority,’ he emphasized. Language BankemphasisHighlighting an important point This case emphasizes/highlights the importance of honest communication between managers and employees. Effective communication skills are essential/crucial/vital. It should be noted that this study considers only verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is not dealt with here. It is important to remember that/An important point to remember is that non-verbal communication plays a key role in getting your message across. Communication is not only about the words you use but also your body language and, especially/above all, the effectiveness with which you listen. I would like to draw attention to the role of listening in effective communication. Choose your words carefully: in particular, avoid confusing and ambiguous language. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you must learn to listen as well as to speak.
  2. 2  emphasize something to make something more noticeable She swept her hair back from her face to emphasize her high cheekbones. The rising tone of his voice emphasized his panic.
  3. 3  emphasize something to give extra force to a word or phrase when you are speaking, especially to show that it is important SynonymsstressemphasizeThese words both mean to give extra force to a syllable, word or phrase when you are saying it.stress to give extra force to a word or syllable when saying it:You stress the first syllable in ‘happiness’.emphasize to give extra force to a word or phrase when saying it, especially to show that it is important:‘Let nothing … nothing,’ he emphasized the word , ‘tempt you.’
  4. Extra examples All the arguments serve to emphasize the controversy surrounding this disease. I have been at pains to emphasize the positive aspects of discipline. I must emphasize that this is only a summary, and the full report will not be available until next week. It is important to emphasize this point. The new law rightly emphasizes parental responsibility. ‘Let nothing… nothing,’ he emphasized the word, ‘tempt you.’ The report emphasizes the need for economic stability.
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