underemphasize

verb
un·der·em·pha·size | \ ˌən-dər-ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsīz \
underemphasized; underemphasizing; underemphasizes

Definition of underemphasize 

transitive verb

: to fail to emphasize adequately

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Clark’s theories underemphasize the importance of other people as the primary embodiment of external representation, rather than our own bodies, machines, or objects in the world. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 24 Mar. 2018 The Journal reported in December that Strzok meant to convey that Clinton’s probable victory didn’t mean that the FBI should underemphasize an investigation that could uncover evidence of collusion between Trump’s associates and Moscow. Matt Ford, New Republic, "Trump’s Alarming Definition of Treason," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of underemphasize

1955, in the meaning defined above

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