What does EMPHASIS mean?

Definitions for EMPHASIS
ˈɛm fə sɪs; -ˌsizem·pha·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emphasis, accentnoun

    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, emphasisnoun

    intensity or forcefulness of expression

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

  3. emphasisnoun

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

  4. stress, emphasis, accentnoun

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

    "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"


  1. emphasisnoun

    a special attention given to, or extra importance attached to, something; as, a guided tour of Egypt with emphasis on the monuments along the Nile.

  2. emphasisnoun

    something to which great importance is attached; as, the need for increased spending on education was the emphasis of his speech.


  1. emphasisnoun

    Special weight or forcefulness given to something considered important.

    He paused for emphasis before saying who had won.

  2. emphasisnoun

    Special attention or prominence given to something.

    Anglia TV's emphasis is on Norwich and district.

  3. emphasisnoun

    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. emphasisnoun

    Related to bold.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EMPHASISnoun

    A remarkable stress laid upon a word or sentence; particular force impressed by stile or pronunciation.

    Etymology: ἔμφασις.

    Oh, that brave Cæsar!
    —— Be choak’d with such another emphasis. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    Emphasis not so much regards the time as a certain grandeur, whereby some letter, syllable, word, or sentence is rendered more remarkable than the rest, by a more vigorous pronunciation, and a longer stay upon it. William Holder, Elem. of Speech.

    These questions have force and emphasis, if they be understood of the antediluvian earth. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emphasisnoun

    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. Emphasisnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. 'e`mfasis significance, force of expression, fr. 'emfai`nein to show in, indicate; 'en in + fai`nein to show. See In, and Phase.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Emphasis

    em′fa-sis, n. stress of the voice on particular words or syllables to make the meaning clear: impressiveness of expression or weight of thought: intensity:—pl. Em′phases (-sēz).—v.t. Em′phasīse, to make emphatic.—adjs. Emphat′ic, -al, uttered with or requiring emphasis: forcible: impressive.—adv. Emphat′ically.—n. Emphat′icalness. [L.,—Gr.,—em (=en), in, into, and phasisphaein, phainein, to show.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of EMPHASIS in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of EMPHASIS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of EMPHASIS in a Sentence

  1. Robert Eckel:

    If you’re eating a heart-healthy diet, glycemic index is not important to consider, i think the emphasis need to be on the overall diet pattern.

  2. Adam Flagler:

    We put a lot of emphasis on the last five minutes of the game. We pride ourselves on buckling down and just being the tougher team out there. We’re all connected.

  3. Anthony Davis:

    I didn't feel comfortable missing that many games, not being able to play at full strength in the playoffs against Phoenix ... that didn't sit well with me. I made an emphasis on taking care of my body, getting my body back to what it was strength-wise my first year here.

  4. Cody Martin:

    That was a main emphasis for us going into the game, just sharing the ball, just making sure it wasn’t stagnant.

  5. Bill Gross:

    It is demand that must be increased - yes, China must move more quickly to a consumer-based economy but the developed world must play its part by abandoning its destructive emphasis on fiscal austerity, and begin to replace its rapidly decaying infrastructure that has been delayed for decades.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. equivalent
    • B. adscripted
    • C. proprietary
    • D. omnifarious

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