[ dee-em-fuh-sahyz ]
/ diˈɛm fəˌsaɪz /

verb (used with object), de-em·pha·sized, de-em·pha·siz·ing.

to place less emphasis upon; reduce in importance, size, scope, etc.: The university de-emphasized intercollegiate football.


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Also especially British, de-em·pha·sise.

Origin of de-emphasize

First recorded in 1935–40; de- + emphasize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for de-emphasize



/ (diːˈɛmfəˌsaɪz) /


(tr) to remove emphasis from
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