Meaning of “emphasize” in the English Dictionary

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"emphasize" in British 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)

"emphasize" in American English

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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)