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verb [transitive] emphasize pronunciation in American English /ˈemfəˌsaɪz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleemphasizing
past tenseemphasized
past participleemphasized
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  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.
  3. 3
    to make something more noticeable
    Naomi’s short hair emphasized her cheekbones.


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