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noun [countable/uncountable] emphasis pronunciation in British English /ˈemfəsɪs/
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  1. 1
    special importance or attention that is given to one thing in particular
    emphasis on: The main emphasis should be on quality rather than quantity.
    We place great emphasis on staff development.
    place/lay/put emphasis on something: We should place greater emphasis on staff development.
  2. 2
    the extra loudness with which you say a particular phrase, word, or part of a word so that people give special attention to it
    ‘I will not!’ she said with emphasis.
    emphasis on: The emphasis is usually on the first syllable.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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