1. 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 winners name.
2. Special attention or effort directed toward something: a small-town newspapers emphasis on local affairs.
3. Prominence given to a syllable, word, or words, as by raising the voice or printing in italic type.
[Latin, from Greek, from emphainein, to exhibit, display : en-, in; see en-2 + phainein, to show; see bh-1 in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: emphasis, accent, stress These nouns mean special weight placed on something considered important: an education with an emphasis on science; will study music with an accent on jazz; laid heavy stress on law and order.
emphasis /mfss/ n.-ses /siz/ special importance placed on s.t.: She put great emphasis on beginning work immediately.