emphasize

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. accentuate, stress, mark, underline, underscore. See affirmation, importance.
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(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. stress, accentuate, underline, underscore, highlight, feature, spotlight, dramatize, pronounce, enunciate, articulate, accent, point up, point out, bring out, punctuate, play up, speak up, call attention to, reiterate, repeat, insist, maintain, impress, affirm, enlarge, indicate, italicize, lay stress on, make clear, labor the point, belabor, rub in*, pound into one's head*, drum into one's head*, make much of, make a fuss about*.
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
stress, accent, underscore, highlight, accentuate, play up, spotlight, punctuate, italicize, bring to the fore.
ANT.: downplay, play down, soften
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To accord emphasis to: accent, accentuate, feature, highlight, italicize, play up, point up, stress, underline, underscore. See IMPORTANT.

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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  • Emphasize — Em pha*size, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emphasized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Emphasizing}.] To utter or pronounce with a particular stress of voice; to make emphatic; as, to emphasize a word or a phrase …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • emphasize — I verb accent, accentuate, affirm, argue, articulate, assert, bear, contend, dwell, enforce, enhance, feature, heighten, highlight, insist, intensify, iterate, magnify, mark, plead, point up, pronounce, protest, punctuate, reaffirm, repeat,… …   Law dictionary

  • emphasize — 1828, from EMPHASIS (Cf. emphasis) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Emphasized; emphasizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • emphasize — (Amer.) em·pha·size || emfÉ™saɪz v. stress, accentuate the importance of, underscore; make more obviously defined (e.g.: The skirt she is wearing emphasizes her waist ), emphasise …   English contemporary dictionary

  • emphasize — [v] stress, give priority to accent, accentuate, affirm, articulate, assert, bear down, charge, dramatize, dwell on, enlarge, enunciate, headline, highlight, hit*, impress, indicate, insist on, italicize, labor the point*, limelight*, maintain,… …   New thesaurus

  • emphasize — (also emphasise) ► VERB ▪ give special importance or prominence to …   English terms dictionary

  • emphasize — [em′fə sīz΄] vt. emphasized, emphasizing to give emphasis to; give special force or prominence to; stress …   English World dictionary

  • emphasize — (BrE also ise) verb ADVERB ▪ clearly, heavily, strongly ▪ rightly ▪ The new law rightly emphasizes parental responsibility. ▪ consistently …   Collocations dictionary

  • emphasize */*/ — UK [ˈemfəsaɪz] / US [ˈemfəˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms emphasize : present tense I/you/we/they emphasize he/she/it emphasizes present participle emphasizing past tense emphasized past participle emphasized 1) to give particular importance… …   English dictionary

  • emphasize — /em feuh suyz /, v.t., emphasized, emphasizing. to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara. Also, esp. Brit., emphasise. [1820 30; EMPHAS(IS) + IZE] Syn. accent, accentuate, highlight. * …   Universalium

  • emphasize — em|pha|size [ emfə,saız ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to give particular importance or attention to something: At school they emphasize good manners. 2. ) to say a phrase, word, or part of a word with extra loudness so that people give special… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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