Throughout your writing career, you will need to highlight important points and focus on the most salient aspects of the topic of your writing. Strong writing emphasizes important things and spends less time on less important things. But should this word be spelled emphasize or emphasise? Consider the examples below:
Emphasize as verb:
Use of Emphasize:
Some people use makeup to emphasize their facial features, and many writers use strong language to emphasize their feelings on a particular subject. Emphasize are the American spellings of the verb and are used by Americans.
Use of Emphasise:
Emphasise was at one point the predominate spelling in British English. In this sense, it followed other American-British spelling differences, such as organization-organisation, realize-realise, baptized-baptised, and others.
“It is one of the few terms that people remember from history classes that does not involve hard power . . . and it’s precisely those positive associations that the Chinese want to emphasise,” says Valerie Hansen, professor of Chinese history at Yale University. (The Financial Times)
Emphasise or Emphasize:
Emphasise means to stress the importance of something, to define a portion of an idea or narrative as having greater value than other portions of the idea or narrative. Emphasise is the British spelling, related forms are emphasises, emphasised and emphasising. Emphasis is the noun form. Emphasize is the preferred American spelling. Related words are emphasizes, emphasized and emphasizing. The American spelling is gaining acceptance around the world. Emphasise and emphasize are examples of a group of words that are spelled with a “z” in American English and with an “s” in British English. Emphasize is borrowed from the Latin an emphasis, meaning appearance, show.