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verb ac·cen·tu·ate \ik-ˈsen(t)-shə-ˌwāt, ak-\

: to make (something) more noticeable


Full Definition of ACCENTUATE

transitive verb
:  accent, emphasize; also :  intensify <accentuates the feeling of despair>
ac·cen·tu·a·tion \ik-ˌsen(t)-shə-ˈwā-shən, (ˌ)ak-\ noun

Examples of ACCENTUATE

  1. He likes to wear clothes that accentuate his muscular build.
  2. <let's accentuate the saxophones during this piece by having the sax players stand up>


Medieval Latin accentuatus, past participle of accentuare, from Latin accentus
First Known Use: circa 1731

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ACCENTUATED Defined for Kids


verb ac·cen·tu·ate \ak-ˈsen-chə-ˌwāt\

Definition of ACCENTUATE for Kids

:  to make more noticeable <Your blue shirt accentuates your eyes.>


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