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emphasize

verb
     
em‧pha‧size S2 W2 also emphasise British English [transitive]
1 to say something in a strong way:
The report emphasizes the importance of improving safety standards.
Logan made a speech emphasizing the need for more volunteers.
emphasize that/how
The Prime Minister emphasized that there are no plans to raise taxes.
2 to say a word or phrase louder or higher than others to give it more importance
3 to make something more noticeable:
The dress emphasized the shape of her body.

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