Definition of de-emphasize in English:



[with object]
  • Reduce the importance or prominence given to (something)

    ‘the reform de-emphasized central planning and placed more power in the association of socialized industries’
    • ‘Our focus is on the legal side of law and economics, an approach that we hope will de-emphasize technical mathematics, while providing our readers greater access to economic insights about legal and policy issues.’
    • ‘Breaking with convention, Duncan was the first American dancer to de-emphasize scenery and costumes in favour of a simple stage setting and simple costumes.’
    • ‘This goes way beyond simply de-emphasising film stars' pock marks and freckles.’
    • ‘Really, previously I was in a majority of group members in de-emphasizing foreign policy.’
    • ‘Like the House of Lords the Court has de-emphasized the notion of parental ‘rights’ in the determination of these questions.’
    • ‘Billings, however, argues that she represents the road to progress because she would de-emphasize the test, called the Washington Assessment of Student Learning.’
    • ‘Obviously this places restrictions on the amount of information that I can display without de-emphasising the rest of the content too heavily, but I think it's the best approach.’
    • ‘When she was the board chairwoman last year, she sided with some of the other board members and voted to slightly de-emphasize the teaching of this subject in the state's public schools.’
    • ‘One other area that has a significant, albeit not easily quantifiable, impact on cost is Levi's business plan which de-emphasizes the selling of profitable products by putting strong emphasis on social programs and reforms.’
    • ‘The theme of overindulgent polygamy writ large in the text was de-emphasised whereas the fertility motif symbolised in the Dohada ritual was pronounced.’
    • ‘He has also sought to rebalance the business, building up its housebuilding and property development arms and de-emphasising the focus on pure contracting work.’
    • ‘Groves believes that the Flores pygmies display prognathism - a prominent mouth that de-emphasizes the chin.’
    • ‘There's something to be said for telling a story in your own words, emphasizing what you want to be heard and de-emphasizing the things you feel are less important, or unflattering.’
    • ‘Stewart would be unwise to rule out this strategy as a tool for delivering value but could reduce investor concern considerably by de-emphasising it for now and undertaking to deliver organic growth as a first priority.’
    • ‘Ultimately though, what is more intriguing about this work is the manner in which it runs athwart of some contemporary photography to instead de-emphasize overt expressivity.’
    • ‘But we can de-emphasize their importance as primary instruments of justice while we place the highest priority on social and economic justice.’
    • ‘It asserts the value of a socialist ethic that de-emphasises self-promotion.’
    • ‘Or rather, it de-emphasizes grammatical accuracy to focus on communicative fluency, and operates through holistic activities which stress the transfer of authentic information and the sharing of experience.’
    • ‘One reason is that the company has de-emphasized ownership in favour of management contracts.’
    • ‘Or try a strapless dress, which de-emphasizes the broadness of the back.’
    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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