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Verb: emphasise  'em-fu,sIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: emphasize)
  1. Give extra weight to (a communication)
    "Her gesture emphasised her words";
    - underscore, underline, emphasize
  2. Single out as important; draw attention to (something)
    "Dr. Jones emphasises exercise in addition to a change in diet";
    - stress, emphasize, punctuate, accent, accentuate
Verb: de-emphasise  dee'em-fu,sIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: de-emphasize)
  1. Reduce the emphasis
    - de-emphasize, destress

Derived forms: de-emphasising, de-emphasises, de-emphasised

See also: foreground, highlight, play up, spotlight

Type of: alter, change, evince [formal], express, modify, show

Encyclopedia: Emphasise