Definition of emphasis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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plural emphases
[uncountable, countable]1 special importance that is given to something synonym stress emphasis (on/upon something)The emphasis is very much on learning the spoken put/lay/place emphasis on somethingIncreased emphasis is now being placed on corporate image.We provide all types of information, with an emphasis on legal advice.There has been a shift of emphasis from manufacturing to service industries.The course has a vocational emphasis.The examples we will look at have quite different emphases.2 the extra force given to a word or phrase when spoken, especially in order to show that it is important; a way of writing a word (for example drawing a line underneath it) to show that it is important synonym stress“I can assure you,” she added with emphasis, “the figures are correct.”
Usage noteUsage note: emphasisemphasis nounspecial importance or attention that is given to somethingconsiderable, great, heavy, strong|particular, special|renewed|increasedThere is a strong emphasis on math and science at the school.The scientific career of Descartes, with special emphasis on his physics, is presented in Shea (1991).place, put, layThe new information-based economy placed greater emphasis on new technical knowledge.shiftBy 1915, the emphasis shifted from farming to ranching.emphasize verbstrongly, rightly|consistently|continually, repeatedlyHe consistently emphasizes this theme throughout his important to, seem to, serve to, tend toIt is important to emphasize the differences between this and the preceding analysis.the importance of something, a/the need for somethingAristotle frequently emphasizes the importance of pleasure to human life.The work concludes by emphasizing a need for further research.Usage noteUsage note: emphasishighlighting an important pointThis 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, how effectively 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.⇨ note at essential⇨ Language Bank at vitalUsage noteUsage note: stressemphasizeThese 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: Shylock repeatedly emphasizes the word “bond” in his speech.