emphasis Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “emphasis” in the English Dictionary

"emphasis" in British English

See all translations

emphasisnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈem.fə.sɪs/ (plural emphases )
B2 the ​particularimportance or ​attention that is given to something: I ​think we should put as much emphasis onpreventingdisease as we do on ​curing it. Schools here put/​place/​laygreat emphasis on written ​work and ​grammar. the ​extraforce that is given to a word or ​part of a word when it is ​spoken: The emphasis is on the ​finalsyllable. Where do you put the emphasis in the word "​controversy"?
More examples
(Definition of emphasis from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"emphasis" in American English

See all translations

emphasisnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈem·fə·səs/ (plural emphases  /ˈem·fəˌsiz/ )
specialattention given to something because it is ​important or because you ​want it to be ​noticed, or an ​example of this: [U] She paused for emphasis. [U] In ​schools, the emphasis on programming has ​declined in ​recentyears.
(Definition of emphasis from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of emphasis?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More