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emphasize

em·pha·size

emphasize

 
 
pronunciation:
em f saIz
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: emphasized, emphasizes, emphasizing
definition 1: to give greater strength or importance to; stress.
She said she would never break her promise, and she emphasized the word "never."In his speech, he emphasized the need for caution and restraint.The photograph emphasized the background rather than the foreground.
antonyms:
de-emphasize, soft-pedal, underplay
similar words:
accent, make much of, point, stress, underscore
definition 2: to state in a way that indicates that what is being said is of particular importance.
The governor emphasized that fundamental change comes slowly.The researchers emphasized that further studies needed to be done to confirm the results of their study.
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