To emphasize is to make something important, or stress it, like when you were little and your parents would always emphasize the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street. They told you again and again and again. And again.

The verb emphasize works when you really want to stress a point or give extra weight to an issue. Emphasize comes from words that mean “significance” and “to present or show.” A player who finally makes the varsity team might emphasize this achievement by always wearing his practice jersey — even off the field, or you might emphasize the importance of being on time by locking the door on latecomers.

Definitions of emphasize
  1. verb
    stress or single out as important
    “Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet”
    synonyms: accent, accentuate, emphasise, punctuate, stress
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    background, downplay, play down
    understate the importance or quality of
    bring out, set off
    direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
    re-emphasise, re-emphasize
    emphasize anew
    bear down
    pay special attention to
    emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence
    point up
    emphasize, especially by identification
    drive home, press home, ram home
    make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something
    emphasise, underline, underscore
    give extra weight to (a communication)
    pick up
    lift out or reflect from a background
    wave off
    dismiss as insignificant
    foreground, highlight, play up, spotlight
    move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
    bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project
    play down or obscure
    type of:
    evince, express, show
    give expression to
  2. verb
    give extra weight to (a communication)
    “Her gesture emphasized her words”
    synonyms: emphasise, underline, underscore
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    type of:
    accent, accentuate, emphasise, punctuate, stress
    to stress, single out as important
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