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de-emphasize

Syllabification: de-em·pha·size
Pronunciation: /ˌdēˈemfəsīz
 
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Definition of de-emphasize in English:

verb

[with object]
Reduce the importance or prominence given to (something): the reform de-emphasized central planning and placed more power in the association of socialized industries
More example sentences
  • Like the House of Lords the Court has de-emphasized the notion of parental ‘rights’ in the determination of these questions.
  • Stewart would be unwise to rule out this strategy as a tool for delivering value but could reduce investor concern considerably by de-emphasising it for now and undertaking to deliver organic growth as a first priority.
  • Groves believes that the Flores pygmies display prognathism - a prominent mouth that de-emphasizes the chin.

Derivatives

de-emphasis

1
Pronunciation: /-fəˌsis/
noun
Example sentences
  • Housing activists say that the change indicates a de-emphasis on affordable housing.
  • This approach, coupled with Confucian conservatism and formality, has led to a deliberate de-emphasis of humor.
  • A loss of the feminine and its importance in the economy of salvation is part of the legacy of the Protestant Reformation and its de-emphasis of the iconic elements of faith.

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