Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give emphasis to; stress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stress, give emphasis or extra weight to (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To utter or pronounce with a particular stress of voice; to make emphatic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter or pronounce with emphasis; render emphatic; lay stress upon: as, to emphasize a syllable, word, or declaration; to emphasize a passage in reading.
  • To bring out clearly or distinctly; make more obvious or more positive; give a stronger perception of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give extra weight to (a communication)
  • v. to stress, single out as important

Etymologies

From emphasis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from Ancient Greek – see emphasis. (Wiktionary)

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