- 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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- (tr) to remove emphasis from
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Word Origin and History for deemphasize
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