verb (used with object), de-emphasized, de-emphasizing.
to place less emphasis upon; reduce in importance, size, scope, etc.: The university de-emphasized intercollegiate football.
Also, especially British, de-emphasise.

1935–40; de- + emphasize Unabridged
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de-emphasize or de-emphasise (diːˈɛmfəˌsaɪz)
(tr) to remove emphasis from
de-emphasise or de-emphasise

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Example sentences
It is time for researchers who report on these issues to de-emphasize the species level connection.
Most people feel softer portraits are more flattering because they de-emphasize more severe features.
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