overemphasize overemphasize, over-emphasize over-emphasizev. t. to emphasize excessively; to place excessive emphasis on.

Syn: overemphasize, emphasise, overstress. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • overemphasize — (Amer.) ,o·ver em·pha·size || ‚əʊvÉ™(r) emfÉ™saɪz v. put excessive emphasis on, stress too much (also overemphasise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overemphasize — (also overemphasise) ► VERB ▪ place excessive emphasis on. DERIVATIVES overemphasis noun …   English terms dictionary

  • overemphasize — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • overemphasize — UK [ˌəʊvərˈemfəˌsaɪz] / US [ˌoʊvərˈemfəˌsaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms overemphasize : present tense I/you/we/they overemphasize he/she/it overemphasizes present participle overemphasizing past tense overemphasized past participle… …   English dictionary

  • overemphasize — o|ver|em|pha|size [ ,ouvər emfə,saız ] verb transitive to treat something as more important than it really is: someone cannot overemphasize something (=it is extremely important): We cannot overemphasize how damaging these results are to our… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • overemphasize — verb Overemphasize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑importance …   Collocations dictionary

  • overemphasize — [[t]o͟ʊvəre̱mfəsaɪz[/t]] overemphasizes, overemphasizing, overemphasized (in BRIT, also use overemphasise) 1) VERB If you say that someone overemphasizes something, you mean that they give it more importance than it deserves or than you consider… …   English dictionary

  • overemphasize — verb place special or excessive emphasis on (Freq. 2) I cannot overemphasize the importance of this book • Syn: ↑overemphasise, ↑overstress • Hypernyms: ↑overstate, ↑exaggerate, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • overemphasize — /oh veuhr em feuh suyz /, v., overemphasized, overemphasizing. v.t. 1. to emphasize excessively. v.i. 2. to use excessive emphasis. Also, esp. Brit., overemphasise. [1900 05; OVER + EMPHASIZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • overemphasize — verb To place too much emphasis on; to overstate the importance of …   Wiktionary

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