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"emphasis" in British English

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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"?

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(Definition of emphasis from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"emphasis" in American English

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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)
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