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"emphasis" in British English

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emphasisnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈem.fə.sɪs/ us   /ˈem.fə.sɪs/ plural emphases
B2 the particular importance or attention that is given to something: I think we should put as much emphasis on preventing disease as we do on curing it. Schools here put/place/lay great emphasis on written work and grammar.
the extra force that is given to a word or part of a word when it is spoken: The emphasis is on the final syllable. Where do you put the emphasis in the word "controversy"?

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"emphasis" in American English

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emphasisnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈem·fə·səs/ plural emphases /ˈem·fəˌsiz/
special attention 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 recent years.
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