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[ak-sen-choo-eyt] /ækˈsɛn tʃuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), accentuated, accentuating.
to give emphasis or prominence to.
to mark or pronounce with an accent.
1725-35; < Medieval Latin accentuātus intoned (past participle of accentuāre). See accent, -ate1
Related forms
overaccentuate, verb (used with object), overaccentuated, overaccentuating.
reaccentuate, verb (used with object), reaccentuated, reaccentuating.
unaccentuated, adjective
well-accentuated, adjective
Can be confused
accent, accentuate, assent. Unabridged
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Examples for accentuated
  • Falling prices are accentuated in illiquid markets such as residential property.
  • Henry had a startled face that was accentuated by his ears.
  • Belated acknowledgment only accentuated the bunkum that preceded it.
  • And that problem is accentuated by the fact that people are wary of taking action too quickly.
  • In others, the ridge patterns in the fingerprint were accentuated and the parchment all but faded away.
  • Fusing this tragedy to all the others accentuated its historic resonance.
  • The patterns extended from the helmet to the shoulders, and some players accentuated them with similarly styled armbands.
  • Greenspan's policies of low interest rates accentuated it.
  • The powerful lights flooded the railroad yards in a brilliant glare that accentuated the pitchy blackness of shadows.
British Dictionary definitions for accentuated


(transitive) to stress or emphasize
Derived Forms
accentuation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for accentuated
1731, from M.L. accentuatus, pp. of accentuare "to accent," from L. accentus (see accent). Originally "to pronounce with an accent;" meaning "emphasize" is recorded from 1865.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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