transitive verb-·sized·, -·siz·ing
The definition of emphasize is to stress the importance.
To speak loudly during the main point of a speech is an example of emphasize.
transitive verbem·pha·sized, em·pha·siz·ing, em·pha·siz·es
- To give emphasis to; stress: She emphasized that the matter was urgent.
- To cause to appear important or deserving of attention: The bank failure emphasized the need for reform.
- To give prominence of sound to (a syllable or word) in pronouncing or in accordance with a metrical pattern.
Origin of emphasizeFrom emphasis
(third-person singular simple present emphasizes, present participle emphasizing, simple past and past participle emphasized)
- To emphasize his words, he lifted her hand and placed it over his heart.
- The chroniclers emphasize the fact that this king was not of royal descent.
- Try to emphasize your main idea so that readers will always know what your opinion is.
- He spoke louder to emphasize his next point in the speech.
- All ancient writers emphasize the essentially warlike character of the Germani.