emphasise (third-person singular simple present emphasises, present participle emphasising, simple past and past participle emphasised)

  1. (UK) Alternative spelling of emphasize.

Usage notesEdit

The "s" spelling has co-existed with the "z" spelling for at least 150 years (Thackeray wrote emphasised), and is becoming more common in the UK, with the "z" spelling gradually falling out of usage.

Last modified on 4 April 2014, at 00:31