tr.v. em·pha·sized, em·pha·siz·ing, em·pha·siz·es
1. To give emphasis to; stress: She emphasized that the matter was urgent.
2. To cause to appear important or deserving of attention: The bank failure emphasized the need for reform.
3. To give prominence of sound to (a syllable or word) in pronouncing or in accordance with a metrical pattern.
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