/em"feuh suyz'/, v.t., emphasized, emphasizing.
to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.
Also, esp. Brit., emphasise.
[1820-30; EMPHAS(IS) + -IZE]
Syn. accent, accentuate, highlight.

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