de-emphasize

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. de-,
  2. de-acquisition,
  3. de-anglicization,
  4. de-baathification,
  5. de-emphasis,
  6. de-energize,
  7. de-epicardialization,
  8. de-escalate,
  9. de-excite,
  10. de-ice

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

Origin of de-emphasize

First recorded in 1935–40; de- + emphasize

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British Dictionary definitions for deemphasize

de-emphasize

de-emphasise

/ (diːˈɛmfəˌsaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to remove emphasis from
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Word Origin and History for deemphasize

deemphasize

v.

also de-emphasize, 1938, from de- + emphasize. Related: Deemphasized; deemphasizing.

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