emphasis emphasis  /ˈɛm fə səs/


  1. (n) special importance or significance
  2. (n) intensity or forcefulness of expression
  3. (n) special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
  4. (n) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)


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  1. What's new is Bennett's emphasis.
  2. Loving is a classic upstairs-downstairs story, with the emphasis on downstairs.
  3. That emphasis on absentee ballots made particular sense in New Hampshire for other reasons.


  1. For Afghan Scouts, 'Be Prepared' takes on a new meaning

    Organizers of Afghanistan's nascent Scouting program say its emphasis on community service and self-reliance is sorely needed in a society scarred by decades of violence.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

  2. By Gene Kershner Palace Malice

    put a wrap on the 2013 Triple Crown with emphasis last Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, making it a year with three different Classic winners and leaving the 3-year-old division wide open heading into the summer.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Buffalo News Blogs

  3. Review: MAN OF STEEL

    The emphasis on spectacle has made Superman a kick-ass hero while robbing him of heart.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: ReelViews


  1. "I think it bears emphasis that the court's decision does not concern military commission trials, which will continue to proceed," Mukasey told reporters in Tokyo, where he was joining talks of justice ministers from the Group of Eight major...
    on Jun 12, 2008 By: Michael Mukasey Source: AFP

  2. "Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction," Ford said. "And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt...
    on Dec 28, 2006 By: Gerald Ford Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. "Florent is definitely one for the future and we are delighted that he has chosen to move here," said Stoke boss Tony Pulis. "It's a measure of the club's progress and the emphasis we are placing on the development of the youth set-up that we...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Tony Pulis Source: The Press Association

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