Definition of underemphasize in English:


(also underemphasise)


  • Place insufficient emphasis on.

    ‘history is underemphasized in the curriculum’
    • ‘We very strongly feel that certain aspects of products are overemphasized by hardware sites, while others are drastically underemphasized.’
    • ‘This is because the other two novel strategies would ignore, or potentially underemphasise, whether the treatment was having any effect.’
    • ‘Flexibility is one area that I feel is totally underemphasized.’
    • ‘Not content to shed light on an underemphasized aspect of the story, he typically overstates the case, denying the obvious importance of the war.’
    • ‘The voice held a slight trace of an accent - the vowels were a touch broader than what she was used to, and the consonants underemphasized.’
    • ‘Historically, supervisors seem to have underemphasized the power that is inherent in the evaluative and gatekeeping roles of supervisors, a role that supervisees rarely forget.’
    • ‘Certainly the seven singers possess different styles and timbres yet the unifying instrumental conception, so consistently maintained throughout, tends to underemphasize those differences.’
    • ‘When the risk is both low in probability and catastrophic, individuals either tend to overemphasize events to which they are sensitized or underemphasize other equally risky events.’
    • ‘You'll never see a movie with more deadpan, underemphasized humor in it than this one.’
    • ‘This lift uniquely stresses forearm flexors that other wrist curls underemphasize.’
    • ‘Second, I think the piece underemphasizes the scholarly reason for blogging.’
    • ‘That has been the underemphasized aspect of development theory.’
    • ‘The latter point often is underemphasized, even though uncertainty about policy effects is ubiquitous in natural resources.’
    • ‘This cast and this production prove their superiority again here and serve the script well, neither overplaying the melodrama or underemphasizing the pain.’
    • ‘In addition, several previously unreported or underemphasized results have been produced.’
    • ‘But what's overlooked is that offenses are overmanaged and in a sense, underemphasized.’
    • ‘It is hard to underemphasize the tension between autocratic church structures and the everyday expectations of most parishioners.’
    • ‘Consequently, class-political aspects of the contemporary change in production seem to be underemphasized.’
    • ‘Although many cookbooks underemphasize this fact, few countries bordering on the Mediterranean can support a meat-rich diet.’
    • ‘Overall, regional differences in environment and production regimes have been underemphasized.’
    make light of, make little of, make nothing of, set little store by, set no store by, gloss over, de-emphasize, underemphasize, downplay, understate, underplay, minimize, shrug off
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