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[oh-ver-em-fuh-sahyz] /ˌoʊ vərˈɛm fəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), overemphasized, overemphasizing.
to emphasize excessively.
verb (used without object), overemphasized, overemphasizing.
to use excessive emphasis.
Also, especially British, overemphasise.
Origin of overemphasize
First recorded in 1900-05; over- + emphasize Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

  • In general we overemphasize that side of morality which consists in abstinence and not doing wrong.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • It would be hard to overemphasize the importance of this particular service which missions are rendering.

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
  • Over and under do not ordinarily call for a hyphen; overemphasize, underfed, but over-careful, over-spiritualistic.

    Compound Words Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Sevčik was in many ways a wonderful teacher, yet inclined to overemphasize the mechanical side of the art.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
British Dictionary definitions for overemphasize


verb (transitive)
to give excessive emphasis or prominence to (something)
Derived Forms
overemphasis, noun
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