emphasize

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  • emphasise (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK)

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Latin, from Ancient Greek – see emphasis.

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emphasize (third-person singular simple present emphasizes, present participle emphasizing, simple past and past participle emphasized)

  1. (transitive) To stress, give emphasis or extra weight to (something).
    His two-fingered gesture emphasized what he had told his boss to do with his job.

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