over·​em·​pha·​size | \ ˌō-vər-ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsīz How to pronounce overemphasize (audio) \
overemphasized; overemphasizing

Definition of overemphasize

transitive verb

: to give excessive emphasis to (something) overemphasize risks We have overemphasized the differences between men and women.— Zosia Bielski … people feeling pushed into starting businesses … in a culture that overemphasizes entrepreneurialism.— Derrick Penner I can't overemphasize the importance of this turning point in my life.— Genesse Gentry We … cannot overemphasize how important it is to keep up with latest security fixes …— Rene Gielen The value of a good reputation cannot be overemphasized.— J. Dwight Pentecost It's hard to overemphasize how significant this development will be …— Rich Smith

First Known Use of overemphasize

1875, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overemphasize

: to treat (something) with more importance than is needed or proper : to emphasize (something) too strongly

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