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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 accentuate
  • You can accentuate each line with an eyebrow pencil and literally draw anger, fear or horror into your face.
  • Regulators need to counterbalance the cycle, not accentuate it.
  • Yaged said he will be looking at opportunities in the digital space to accentuate storytelling.
  • Most people mentally accentuate their partners' better qualities.
  • Her job was to accentuate the dancers' ability to reveal new spaces around them.
  • Don't criticize his mistakes or accentuate his shortcomings.
  • Sound technical writers no longer accentuate the passive voice.
  • In all cases, I try to accentuate the positive.
  • Quiet, graceful illustrations accentuate the classic tale's nostalgic tone.
  • Be concise, engaging and accentuate your strengths.
British Dictionary definitions for accentuate


(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 accentuate
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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