special importance that is given to sth
The emphasis is very much on learning the spoken language.
to put/lay/place emphasis on sth
We provide all types of information, with an emphasis on legal advice.
There has been a shift of emphasis from manufacturing to service industries.
The course has a vocational emphasis.
The examples we will look at have quite different emphases.
the extra force given to a word or phrase when spoken, especially in order to show that it is important; a way of writing a word (for example drawing a line underneath it) to show that it is important
'I can assure you,' she added with emphasis, 'the figures are correct.'