Definition of underemphasize in US English:

underemphasize

(British underemphasise)

verb

[with object]usually be underemphasized
  • Place insufficient emphasis on.

    ‘history is underemphasized in the curriculum’
    • ‘Although many cookbooks underemphasize this fact, few countries bordering on the Mediterranean can support a meat-rich diet.’
    • ‘Second, I think the piece underemphasizes the scholarly reason for blogging.’
    • ‘You'll never see a movie with more deadpan, underemphasized humor in it than this one.’
    • ‘In addition, several previously unreported or underemphasized results have been produced.’
    • ‘Not content to shed light on an underemphasized aspect of the story, he typically overstates the case, denying the obvious importance of the war.’
    • ‘Overall, regional differences in environment and production regimes have been underemphasized.’
    • ‘Consequently, class-political aspects of the contemporary change in production seem to be underemphasized.’
    • ‘Flexibility is one area that I feel is totally underemphasized.’
    • ‘We very strongly feel that certain aspects of products are overemphasized by hardware sites, while others are drastically underemphasized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But what's overlooked is that offenses are overmanaged and in a sense, underemphasized.’
    • ‘This cast and this production prove their superiority again here and serve the script well, neither overplaying the melodrama or underemphasizing the pain.’
    • ‘This is because the other two novel strategies would ignore, or potentially underemphasise, whether the treatment was having any effect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is hard to underemphasize the tension between autocratic church structures and the everyday expectations of most parishioners.’
    • ‘Certainly the seven singers possess different styles and timbres yet the unifying instrumental conception, so consistently maintained throughout, tends to underemphasize those differences.’
    • ‘This lift uniquely stresses forearm flexors that other wrist curls underemphasize.’
    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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Pronunciation

underemphasize

/ˌəndərˈɛm(p)fəˌsaɪz//ˌəndərˈem(p)fəˌsīz/