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Meaning of de-emphasize

de-em•pha•size

Pronunciation: (dē em'fu-sīz"), [key]
— -sized, -siz•ing.
  1. to place less emphasis upon; reduce in importance, size, scope, etc.: The university de-emphasized intercollegiate football.
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