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de-emphasize (v.)

also deemphasize, "reduce the importance or prominence of," 1938, from de- "opposite of" + emphasize. Related: De-emphasized; de-emphasizing. De-emphasis (n.) is from 1940.

updated on July 01, 2018

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Definitions of de-emphasize from WordNet

de-emphasize (v.)
reduce the emphasis;
Synonyms: de-emphasise / destress
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