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verb [transitive] emphasize pronunciation in British English /ˈemfəsaɪz/
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 pronouncedesert’ you emphasize the first syllable, but in ‘desserts’, it’s the second one you emphasize.


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