- The definition of emphasis is special attention put on something to give it importance.
- An example of emphasis is bolding the font of a particular word in a document to bring attention to it.
- An example of emphasis is a woman wearing a low cut shirt in order to bring attention to her cleavage.
Emphasis is placed on these words using a green mark.
- force of expression, thought, feeling, action, etc.
- special stress given as to a syllable, word, or phrase in speaking
- special attention given to something so as to make it stand out; importance; stress; weight: to put less emphasis on athletics
Origin of emphasisClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek emphasis, an appearing in, outward appearance ; from emphainein, to indicate ; from en-, in + phainein, to show ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bha-, to shine from source Old English bonian, to polish
- Special forcefulness of expression that gives importance to something singled out; stress: a lecture on housekeeping with emphasis on neatness; paused for emphasis, then announced the winner's name.
- Special attention or effort directed toward something: a small-town newspaper's emphasis on local affairs.
- Prominence given to a syllable, word, or words, as by raising the voice or printing in italic type.
Origin of emphasisLatin, from Greek, from emphainein, to exhibit, display : en-, in; see en–2 + phainein, to show; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Special weight or forcefulness given to something considered important.
- He paused for emphasis before saying who had won.
- Special attention or prominence given to something.
- Anglia TV's emphasis is on Norwich and district.
- Prominence given to a syllable or words, by raising the voice or printing in italic or underlined type.
- He used a yellow highlighter to indicate where to give emphasis in his speech.
- (typography) Related to bold.
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔμφασις (emphasis, “significance”), from ἐμφαίνω (emphainō, “I present, I indicate”), from ἔν (en, “in”) + φαίνω (phainō, “I show”).