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

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

Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overemphasize was in 1875

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“Overemphasize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overemphasize. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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