[ UK /ˈɛmfəsˌɪs/ ]
[ US /ˈɛmfəsəs, ˈɛmfəsɪs/ ]
  1. special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
  2. intensity or forcefulness of expression
    the vehemence of his denial
    his emphasis on civil rights
  3. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
    he put the stress on the wrong syllable
  4. special importance or significance
    the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis
    the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents
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How To Use emphasis In A Sentence

  • A little pyrotechnics display tacked on just serves to emphasise its lack of cutting edge. Times, Sunday Times
  • They will also force schools to put more emphasis on teaching basic subjects.
  • Service providers haven't completely snapped their wallets shut, but the emphasis for the near-term will be on controlled spending as they look for ways to grow revenues.
  • The emphasis will continue to be on prod-ucts that gain the widest appeal and most acceptance within this group.
  • However, the emphasis on structural constraints and formal controls provides only a partial view.
  • There is also a strongly felt obligation to succeed, seen in an emphasis on the importance of formal education. Sociology
  • Amid it all stands Mitt Romney, not the high-flying investment lots of Republicans yearned to put their money on, but the unspectacular Treasury bill of Republican candidates, a man whose emphasis on jobs and the economy makes him a safe enough bet at a time like this. GOP 'Flight to Safety' Benefits Romney
  • Drinking among the upper classes of Persian society, for example, took place at secret parties reminiscent of Greek symposia with their strictly ritualized etiquette and emphasis on poetry and discussion.
  • In terms of its careful emphasis on surprise, artillery concentration, and methodical planning, Amiens pointed the way ahead to Alamein.
  • The layout of the enclosures, paddocks, and yards suggests an emphasis on stock-raising.
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