emphasis


emphasis
noun
1 special importance/attention
ADJECTIVE
big (informal), considerable, great, heavy, huge

schools that put a heavy emphasis on sporting achievement

strong
little

Little emphasis was placed on educating people about the dangers.

growing, increasing
continued
renewed
current, new, recent

with the new emphasis on individuality and creative expression

traditional
main, major, primary

We discussed where the main emphasis should be placed.

particular, special, specific

Examine the events leading to the war, with particular emphasis on France's role in them.

exclusive
equal

Both subjects should be given equal emphasis.

added, extra, increased
excessive, undue

I believe the education system places undue emphasis on exam results.

cultural

a cultural emphasis on educational achievement

VERB + EMPHASIS
give, lay, place, put

The company lays great emphasis on customer care.

have, receive

Education received special emphasis.

change, shift

The Democrats shifted the emphasis away from direct taxation.

add
EMPHASIS + VERB
move, shift

In recent years, the emphasis has moved away from punishing drug addicts towards/toward helping them.

fall on sth
PREPOSITION
emphasis on, emphasis upon

The emphasis is on keeping fit rather than developing lots of muscles.

PHRASES
a change of emphasis, a shift of emphasis
2 stress on a word/phrase
ADJECTIVE
great

‘I’, he said with great emphasis, ‘was the one.’

slight

His slight emphasis on the word ‘lady’ was definitely mocking.

extra

He put extra emphasis on the word ‘never’.

VERB + EMPHASIS
put
PREPOSITION
with emphasis

She repeated the question with emphasis.

emphasis on

Put the emphasis on the second syllable.


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