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emphasize

verb [T] uk (UK usually emphasise)   /ˈem.fə.saɪz/ us  
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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