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de-emphasize

[ dee-em-fuh-sahyz ]
/ di藞蓻m f蓹藢sa瑟z /
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verb (used with object), de-em路pha路sized, de-em路pha路siz路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路pha路sise .

Origin of de-emphasize

First recorded in 1935鈥40; de- + emphasize
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British Dictionary definitions for de-emphasize

de-emphasize

de-emphasise

/ (di藧藞蓻mf蓹藢sa瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to remove emphasis from
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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