Question: “How do we use the word emphasize?”
We use “emphasize” when we want to give something special importance. Let’s say I feel it is very important for students to study the last section of chapter 4. I can tell them, “I want you to study the last section of chapter 4.” But if I really want them to understand how important it is to study the last section, I will say something like, “I want to emphasize the importance of studying the last section of chapter 4.” Now I have given special importance to studying the last section of chapter 4.
We can also use the word when something defines something else more clearly. For example: “The flowers on the table really emphasize the dynamics of this room.” In other words, when the flowers are on the table the dynamics of the room become more distinct.
- Today I can’t emphasize enough that we need to take immediate action to reduce green house gases.
- I want to emphasize that unless we find a cheaper way to produce energy, someday we may not have enough.
- That color really emphasizes the strength of this room.
- The speaker emphasized the importance of drinking enough water everyday.