overemphasize

[ oh-ver-em-fuh-sahyz ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈɛm fəˌsaɪz /

verb (used with object), o·ver·em·pha·sized, o·ver·em·pha·siz·ing.

to emphasize excessively.

verb (used without object), o·ver·em·pha·sized, o·ver·em·pha·siz·ing.

to use excessive emphasis.

Nearby words

  1. overeager,
  2. overeat,
  3. overegg,
  4. overelaborate,
  5. overemphasis,
  6. overenthusiastic,
  7. overestimate,
  8. overexcite,
  9. overexcited,
  10. overexert

Also especially British, o·ver·em·pha·sise.

Origin of overemphasize

First recorded in 1900–05; over- + emphasize

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British Dictionary definitions for overemphasize

overemphasize

overemphasise

/ (ˌəʊvərˈɛmfəˌsaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to give excessive emphasis or prominence to (something)
Derived Formsoveremphasis, noun

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