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noun [countable/uncountable] American English pronunciation: emphasis /ˈemfəsɪs/ 
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pluralemphases

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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 employee development.

    place/lay/put emphasis on something:

    We should place greater emphasis on employee 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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