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verb (used with object), o·ver·em·pha·sized, o·ver·em·pha·siz·ing.
  1. to emphasize excessively.
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verb (used without object), o·ver·em·pha·sized, o·ver·em·pha·siz·ing.
  1. to use excessive emphasis.
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Also especially British, o·ver·em·pha·sise.

Origin of overemphasize

First recorded in 1900–05; over- + emphasize
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  • I do not think it possible to overemphasize Gourmont's sense of beauty.


    Ezra Pound

  • The difficulty lies chiefly in the temptation to overemphasize.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

  • We cannot overemphasize the importance of squeezing your trigger.

    The Plattsburg Manual

    O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey

  • These examples are rather bald, and overemphasize the method in order to make it clear.


    Emily Post

  • It is practically impossible to overemphasize the importance of the boy's vocational choice.

British Dictionary definitions for overemphasize



verb (tr)
  1. to give excessive emphasis or prominence to (something)
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Derived Formsoveremphasis, noun
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