Simple Definition of accentuate
: to make (something) more noticeable
Examples of accentuate in a sentence
He likes to wear clothes that accentuate his muscular build.
<let's accentuate the saxophones during this piece by having the sax players stand up>
Did You Know?
When you "accentuate" something, you put an "accent" (or emphasis) on it. So it will come as no surprise to learn that etymologists have traced "accentuate" back to "accentus," the Latin word for "accent." "Accentus," in turn, combines the prefix ad- with cantus, meaning "song." Other descendants of "accentus" in English include "accent" itself, as well as "accentual" ("of, relating to, or characterized by accent").
Origin and Etymology of accentuate
Medieval Latin accentuatus, past participle of accentuare, from Latin accentus
First Known Use: circa 1731
ACCENTUATE Defined for Kids
Definition of accentuate for Students
: to make more noticeable <Your blue shirt accentuates your eyes.>
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