WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
em•pha•size /ˈɛmfəˌsaɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -sized, -siz•ing. 
  1. to give emphasis to;
    stress:He emphasized the point I had already made.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
em•pha•size  (emfə sīz′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -sized, -siz•ing. 
  1. to give emphasis to;
    lay stress upon;
    stress:to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] empha•sise′. 
  • emphas(is) + -ize 1820–30
    accent, accentuate, highlight.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

emphasize, emphasise /ˈɛmfəˌsaɪz/ vb
  1. (transitive) to give emphasis or prominence to; stress


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