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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.
Origin of accentuate
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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  • Each of the four actions of the muscles should be carefully distinguished and accentuated.

  • Those features are accentuated and exaggerated by the deformations which are practiced.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • My own share of the general unpleasantness was accentuated by a finely developed bout of sciatica.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • A nose and chin, moulded with beauty and precision, accentuated his handsome face.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • This effect has no doubt been accentuated in the subsequent photographic processes.

    Photographs of Nebul and Clusters James Edward Keeler
  • This feeling had been accentuated by the Ishmaelite life he had led from his puppyhood.

    White Fang Jack London
  • "I can help you," she said, and a flush rushed into her cheeks, which at once relieved and accentuated their pallor.

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • His air of weary indifference was accentuated, I could not help thinking, wilfully.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • At bottom it is nothing else than an accentuated masculinity.

    mile Verhaeren Stefan Zweig
British Dictionary definitions for accentuated


(transitive) to stress or emphasize
Derived Forms
accentuation, noun
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Word Origin and History for accentuated



1731, from Medieval Latin accentuatus, past participle of accentuare "to accent," from Latin accentus (see accent (n.)). Originally "to pronounce with an accent;" meaning "emphasize" is recorded from 1865.

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

["Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," 1944, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer]
Related: Accentuated; accentuating.

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