Emphasis meaning

ĕmfə-sĭs
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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.

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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.

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Special attention or effort directed toward something.

A small-town newspaper's emphasis on local affairs.

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Prominence given to a syllable, word, or words, as by raising the voice or printing in italic type.
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Force of expression, thought, feeling, action, etc.
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Special stress given as to a syllable, word, or phrase in speaking.
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Special attention given to something so as to make it stand out; importance; stress; weight.

To put less emphasis on athletics.

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Special attention or prominence given to something.

Anglia TV's emphasis is on Norwich and district.

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Special weight or forcefulness given to something considered important.

He paused for emphasis before saying who had won.

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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.

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(typography) Related to bold.
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Origin of emphasis

  • Latin from Greek from emphainein to exhibit, display en- in en–2 phainein to show bhā-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἔμφασις (emphasis, “significance”), from ἐμφαίνω (emphainō, “I present, I indicate”), from ἔν (en, “in”) + φαίνω (phainō, “I show”).

    From Wiktionary