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This word may also be spelled “emphasise.”
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to focus attention on)
a. enfatizar
I would like to emphasize the second section of the report.Quisiera enfatizar el segundo apartado del reportaje.
b. hacer hincapié en
He emphasized the importance of buckling up before starting the car.Hizo hincapié en la importancia de abrocharse antes de arrancar el coche.
c. subrayar
She will almost certainly emphasize how well the economy is doing in her speech.Ella seguramente subrayará lo bueno que anda la economía en su discurso.
d. recalcar
He emphasized the three main objectives of the plan.Recalcó los tres objetivos principales del plan.
2. (linguistics)
a. acentuar
We emphasize the first syllable in the word "circus."Acentuamos la primera sílaba de la palabra "circo".
3. (to accentuate)
a. hacer resaltar
That dress really emphasizes your curves.Ese vestido realmente hace resaltar tus curvas.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (point, fact)
a. hacer hincapié en, subrayar
2. (word, syllable)
a. acentuar
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emphasize [ˈemfəsaɪz]
transitive verb
1 [+word, syllable] enfatizar; [+fact, point] hacer hincapié en; enfatizar; subrayar; recalcar
He emphasized the importance of the issue.
I must emphasize that ... debo insistir en que ...
2 (Ling) acentuar
3 [+garment] (accentuate) hacer resaltar
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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