Definition of "emphasis" []

  • Special forcefulness of expression that gives importance to something singled out; stress: a lecture on housekeeping with emphasis on neatness; paused for emphasis, then announced the winner's name. (noun)
  • Special attention or effort directed toward something: a small-town newspaper's emphasis on local affairs. (noun)
  • Prominence given to a syllable, word, or words, as by raising the voice or printing in italic type. (noun)
  • Special importance or significance (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An object, idea, etc, that is given special importance or significance (noun)
  • Stress made to fall on a particular syllable, word, or phrase in speaking (noun)
  • Force or intensity of expression (noun)
  • Sharpness or clarity of form or outline (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "emphasis" in a sentence
  • "The main emphasis is on regional scenarios for Canada, so the service offers some basic downscaling, and ability to couple the scenarios with other regional data sources, such as data from weather monitoring stations in the region."
  • "The longer the shift in emphasis is delayed, the lower the likelihood of the collective effort needed to restore the health of an interdependent and interconnected global economy."
  • "Then came the Revolution -- and a change in emphasis from the minutiae of rural life to the national struggle."