emphasise

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

emphasise (third-person singular simple present emphasises, present participle emphasising, simple past and past participle emphasised)

  1. (UK) Alternative spelling of emphasize.

Usage notes[edit]

The "s" spelling has co-existed with the "z" spelling for at least 150 years (Thackeray wrote emphasised), and is becoming more common in the UK, with the "z" spelling gradually falling out of usage.