deemphasize

de-emphasize

[dee-em-fuh-sahyz]
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.


Origin:
1935–40; de- + emphasize

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de-emphasize or de-emphasise (diːˈɛmfəˌsaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to remove emphasis from
 
de-emphasise or de-emphasise
 
vb

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deemphasize
1938, from de- + emphasize.
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