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"

GCIDE

  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.

    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.]

  2. emphasisnoun

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

    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.]

Wiktionary

  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.

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

    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.]

  2. Emphasisnoun

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

    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.]

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.

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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Numerology

  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. Ferd Hoefner:

    If you put more emphasis on things that relate to organic produce or new farmers or renewable energy on farms, then there might be more public support for a bill that otherwise, in broad strokes, the general public things of as having big subsidies for big farms.

  2. Muge Cevik:

    There's so much emphasis on people not breaking the rules, but the majority are actually following the rules.

  3. John Wilson:

    There doesn’t seem to be enough emphasis on what we’re losing.

  4. Jessi Miley-Dyer:

    It was an important statement to make around the value of our athletes. More than anything, it speaks to the emphasis on women’s surfing. We believe men and women are valued the same, it’s the right thing to do.

  5. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif:

    Democracy creates far better opportunities for both economic growth and cultural progress than the authoritarian regimes. My government has placed strong emphasis on bold economic reforms to achieve significant improvement in all sectors of the economy, it (GDP) is expected to be over 5 percent this year.

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