|Origin:||Greek, from emphainein 'to show'|
Related topics: Linguistics
em‧pha‧sis S3 W2 plural emphases [uncountable and countable]
special attention or importance
In Japan there is a lot of emphasis on politeness.
put/place emphasis on something
The course places emphasis on practical work.
a change of emphasis in government policy
special importance that is given to a word or phrase by saying it louder or higher, or by printing it in a special way
The emphasis should be on the first syllable.
'And I can assure you,' she said with emphasis, 'that he is innocent.'