transitive verb Date: 1938 to reduce in relative importance; also play downde-emphasis noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • de-emphasize — [dē em′fə sīz΄] vt. de emphasized, de emphasizing to remove emphasis from; lessen the importance or prominence of de emphasis [dē əm′fəsis] n …   English World dictionary

  • de-emphasize — de em•pha•size [[t]diˈɛm fəˌsaɪz[/t]] v. t. sized, siz•ing to place less emphasis upon; reduce the importance of: to de emphasize sports[/ex] • Etymology: 1935–40 de em′pha•sis sɪs n …   From formal English to slang

  • de-emphasize — /dee em feuh suyz /, v.t., de emphasized, de emphasizing. to place less emphasis upon; reduce in importance, size, scope, etc.: The university de emphasized intercollegiate football. Also, esp. Brit., de emphasise. [1935 40; DE + EMPHASIZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • de-emphasize — or de emphasise verb reduce the emphasis given to. Derivatives de emphasis noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • de-emphasize — verb To remove or reduce the emphasis from something; to make something less important; to play down …   Wiktionary

  • de emphasize — Synonyms and related words: abate, allay, alleviate, assuage, attemper, bank the fire, bedwarf, belittle, blunt, chasten, conceal, constrain, control, cushion, damp, dampen, deaden, deprecate, depreciate, detract from, diminish, disguise,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • de-emphasize — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To make less emphatic or obvious: play down, tone down. Informal: soft pedal. See SHOW …   English dictionary for students

  • de-emphasize — (also ise) 1 remove emphasis from. 2 reduce emphasis on …   Useful english dictionary

  • de- — is a highly active prefix in current English, forming verbs and their derivatives. Notable 20c examples (with date of first record indicated) include: debrief (1942), decaffeinate (1927), decertify (1918), decommunize (1980), de emphasize (1938) …   Modern English usage

  • de-em|pha|size — «dee EHM fuh syz», transitive verb, sized, siz|ing. to remove emphasis from; modify emphasis on: »The trend is to de emphasize varsity sports (Newsweek) …   Useful english dictionary

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