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[oh-ver-em-fuh-sahyz] /ˌoʊ vərˈɛm fəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), overemphasized, overemphasizing.
to emphasize excessively.
verb (used without object), overemphasized, overemphasizing.
to use excessive emphasis.
Also, especially British, overemphasise.
Origin of overemphasize
1900-05; over- + emphasize Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These examples are rather bald, and overemphasize the method in order to make it clear.
  • It is important to neither overemphasize nor give short shrift to subjective impressions.
  • It is of course possible to overemphasize these differences, and the great religions do converge at points.
  • Opponents generally overemphasize the potential issues as well.
  • The problem is they are such a minority that overall the culture can easily overemphasize one theory over the other.
  • Research on medical errors and patient safety should not overemphasize issues of inpatient care.
  • Less effective curricula often overemphasize teaching scientific facts and increasing student knowledge.
  • Some consumers complain that the news has been staged or that news reports overemphasize or dramatize certain aspects of events.
  • If you cannot adopt a suggestion, do not dwell on or overemphasize its shortcomings.
  • However, it is impossible to overemphasize the impact of the drug problem as a cause of crime and delinquency.
British Dictionary definitions for overemphasize


verb (transitive)
to give excessive emphasis or prominence to (something)
Derived Forms
overemphasis, noun
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