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.

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. 2019

Related Words for de-emphasize

minimize, understate

Examples from the Web for de-emphasize

Contemporary Examples of de-emphasize

  • Many Americans move to places that de-emphasize the particularities of their local community.

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    Will Texas Stay Texan?

    David Fontana

    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.

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    The Tea Party Abortion Doctrine

    John Avlon

    September 20, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for de-emphasize




(tr) to remove emphasis from
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