Meaning of “emphasis” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C, U ] us uk /ˈemfəsɪs/ plural emphases /ˈemfəsiːz/
Extra Examples
People put too much emphasis on what you look like.We are trying to shift the emphasis from curing illness to preventing it.The restaurant serves traditional Scottish food with an emphasis on fish.The course places great emphasis on basic skills.The emphasis is on quality rather than quantity.

B2 particular importance or attention that you give to something:

Schools are starting to place/put greater emphasis on passing exams.

the extra force that you give to a word or part of a word when you are saying it:

The emphasis is on the final syllable.

(Definition of “emphasis” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)