Definitions for emphasisˈɛm fə sɪs; -ˌsiz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

em•pha•sisˈɛm fə sɪs; -ˌsiz(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. special stress or importance attached to something.

  2. something that is given special stress or importance.

  3. stress laid on particular words, by means of position, repetition, or other indication.

    Category: Rhetoric

Origin of emphasis:

1565–75; < L < Gk émphasis significance, emphasis, der. (with -sis -sis ) of emphaínein to display, indicate =em-em -2+phaínein to show, reveal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. emphasis, accent(noun)

    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"

  2. vehemence, emphasis(noun)

    intensity or forcefulness of expression

    "the vehemence of his denial"; "his emphasis on civil rights"

  3. emphasis(noun)

    special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.

  4. stress, emphasis, accent(noun)

    the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

    "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. emphasis(noun)ˈɛm fə sɪs

    importance or prominence

    health advice that puts the emphasis on physical activity; "This is no joke," he said with emphasis.

  2. emphasisˈɛm fə sɪs

    the stress put on one part of a word when you say it

    The emphasis is on the second syllable.

Wiktionary

  1. emphasis(Noun)

    Special weight or forcefulness given to something considered important.

    He paused for emphasis before saying who had won.

  2. emphasis(Noun)

    Special attention or prominence given to something.

    Anglia TV's emphasis is on Norwich and district.

  3. emphasis(Noun)

    Prominence given to a syllable or words, by raising the voice or printing in italic or underlined type.

    He used a yellow highlighter to indicate where to give emphasis in his speech.

  4. emphasis(Noun)

    Related to bold.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emphasis(noun)

    a particular stress of utterance, or force of voice, given in reading and speaking to one or more words whose signification the speaker intends to impress specially upon his audience

  2. Emphasis(noun)

    a peculiar impressiveness of expression or weight of thought; vivid representation, enforcing assent; as, to dwell on a subject with great emphasis

Freebase

  1. Emphasis

    In typography, emphasis is the exaggeration of words in a text with a font in a different style from the rest of the text—to emphasize them.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. emphasis

    To italicize a lie; to lay great stress on certain sounds that emanate from a larynx and that are intended to hypnotize a tympanum; to be impressive to the point of almost believing ourselves; the double chin of a declarative sentence; oratorical moth-balls.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'emphasis' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1861

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'emphasis' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3690

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'emphasis' in Nouns Frequency: #857


Translations for emphasis

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

emphasis(noun)

stress put on certain words in speaking etc; greater force of voice used in words or parts of words to make them more noticeable

In writing we sometimes underline words to show emphasis.

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