- to place less emphasis upon; reduce in importance, size, scope, etc.: The university de-emphasized intercollegiate football.
Also especially British, de-em·pha·sise.
Origin of de-emphasize
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Examples from the Web for de-emphasize
Many Americans move to places that de-emphasize the particularities of their local community.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
But the soothing big-tent implications offered by those who say the GOP should de-emphasize social issues only seem to go one way.The Tea Party Abortion Doctrine
September 20, 2010
- (tr) to remove emphasis from
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