de-emphasize

[dee-em-fuh-sahyz]

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
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British Dictionary definitions for deemphasize

de-emphasize

de-emphasise

verb

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

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

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