Meaning of “emphasize” in the English Dictionary

"emphasize" in English

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emphasizeverb [ T ]

UK usually emphasise uk /ˈem.fə.saɪz/ us /ˈem.fə.saɪz/

B2 to show that something is very important or worth giving attention to:

[ + question word ] I'd just like to emphasize how important it is for people to learn foreign languages.
[ + that ] He emphasized that all the people taking part in the research were volunteers.
You can use italics or capitals to emphasize a word in a piece of writing.

to make something more obvious:

Tight jeans will only emphasize any extra weight that you are carrying.

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

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emphasizeverb [ T ]

us /ˈem·fəˌsɑɪz/

to state or show that something is especially important or deserves special attention:

She emphasized the importance of good nutrition.

(Definition of “emphasize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Moreover, it is important to emphasize the fact that, at present, we cannot create the premises for sustainable social development if we don't have the necessary financial resources.
Let me emphasize from a personal point of view, partly with my own father and grandfather in mind, that shipping was once the future.
They all emphasize environmental conservation.
All this goes to show that our culture is unable to emphasize good aspects without the absence of the bad, without attacking the negative.
I also want to emphasize the need in whatever we do to ensure that we do not fall into the error of allowing the terrorists to achieve their objectives.
We think it is a great mistake to one-sidedly emphasize individual shareholdings as a driving force for increased productivity in this way.
We also emphasize in our report that public access to documents is not worth much if not everyone can find out which documents exist and then request some of them.
I would like to emphasize the importance of this report with regard to ensuring real competition in the field of computerized reservations systems.
I should emphasize that for all these countries major further efforts are needed for their accession to be possible in the mid-term, as emerges from the individual opinions.
I also emphasize the possibility to use a part of the revenues obtained through auctions to develop the air transportation sector.