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.

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

Origin of overemphasize

First recorded in 1900–05; over- + emphasize
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Examples from the Web for overemphasize

Contemporary Examples of overemphasize

  • I cannot overemphasize how unimpressed I was by her over the course of two hours.

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    David Frum

    March 28, 2012

Historical Examples of overemphasize

  • I do not think it possible to overemphasize Gourmont's sense of beauty.


    Ezra Pound

  • The difficulty lies chiefly in the temptation to overemphasize.

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    M. Lyle Spencer

  • We cannot overemphasize the importance of squeezing your trigger.

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    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)

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