de-emphasize

verb
de-em·​pha·​size | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsīz How to pronounce de-emphasize (audio) \
de-emphasized; de-emphasizing; de-emphasizes

Definition of de-emphasize

transitive verb

: to reduce in relative importance also : play down

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de-emphasis \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈem(p)-​fə-​səs How to pronounce de-emphasize (audio) \ noun

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First Known Use of de-emphasize

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of de-emphasize was in 1938

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“De-emphasize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/de-emphasize. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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