Definition of de-emphasize in English:


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Pronunciation: /diːˈɛmfəsʌɪz
(also de-emphasise)


[with object]
  • Reduce the importance or prominence given to (something): commentators tend to de-emphasize parental culpability
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    • 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.



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  • 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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