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overemphasize

[oh-ver-em-fuh-sahyz]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·em·pha·sized, o·ver·em·pha·siz·ing.
  1. to emphasize excessively.
verb (used without object), o·ver·em·pha·sized, o·ver·em·pha·siz·ing.
  1. to use excessive emphasis.
Also especially British, o·ver·em·pha·sise.

Origin of overemphasize

First recorded in 1900–05; over- + emphasize
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Examples from the Web for overemphasize

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  • I do not think it possible to overemphasize Gourmont's sense of beauty.

    Instigations

    Ezra Pound

  • The difficulty lies chiefly in the temptation to overemphasize.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

  • We cannot overemphasize the importance of squeezing your trigger.

    The Plattsburg Manual

    O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey

  • These examples are rather bald, and overemphasize the method in order to make it clear.

    Etiquette

    Emily Post

  • It is practically impossible to overemphasize the importance of the boy's vocational choice.


British Dictionary definitions for overemphasize

overemphasize

overemphasise

verb (tr)
  1. to give excessive emphasis or prominence to (something)
Derived Formsoveremphasis, noun
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