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noun [C or U] uk   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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