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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: emphasize /ˈemfəˌsaɪz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyemphasize
he/she/itemphasizes
present participleemphasizing
past tenseemphasized
past participleemphasized
  1. 1
    to give particular importance or attention to something

    At school they emphasize good manners.

    emphasize that:

    She emphasizes that her novels are not written for children.

  2. 2
    to say a phrase, word, or part of a word with extra loudness so that people give special attention to it

    When you pronounce "desert" you emphasize the first syllable, but in "desserts," it's the second one you emphasize.

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