accentuate

verb
ac·​cen·​tu·​ate | \ ik-ˈsen(t)-shə-ˌwāt How to pronounce accentuate (audio) , ak-\
accentuated; accentuating

Definition of accentuate

transitive verb

: to make (something) more prominent or noticeable : accent, emphasize With her hair in tight curls that accentuate her pale beauty, she seems lit from within.— Peter Travers trying to accentuate the positive aspects of the program also : intensify accentuates the feeling of despair

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Other Words from accentuate

accentuation \ ik-​ˌsen(t)-​shə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce accentuation (audio) , (ˌ)ak-​ \ noun

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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").

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

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Most wore slicked back updo’s with intricate fishtail buns, accentuated by huge gold hoop earrings with bejeweled parrots and seahorses. Washington Post, "Naeem Khan launches his fashion collection at home," 11 Sep. 2019 The model, activist, and Pose star was seen donning a colorful Oscar de la Renta gown with gold shimmers, accentuated by an even more eye-catching accessory, one with a deeply significant meaning. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Indya Moore Honors Black Transgender Women Murdered in the U.S. at the Daily Front Row Awards," 7 Sep. 2019 The chilled corn broth was milky and accentuated by sweet whole kernels at the bottom of the shallow bowl. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Old Louisville restaurant is the best in the city, our dining critic says," 17 July 2019 Henry was backed by a first-inning home run from Jesse Franklin, his 13th of the season, a bomb into the right field seats accentuated by a bat flip. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball's Tommy Henry threw College World Series gem by being 'grumpy'," 18 June 2019 So when Wall Street pros sell stocks, there are fewer buyers around to put the brakes on a sell-off, which can be accentuated by worrisome news. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Good riddance to August but September could be just as bumpy for stocks, history shows," 3 Sep. 2019 The dragon’s eyes—the headlights—are visually accentuated in the BYD design because the hood slopes down to them steeply and tightly. Fortune, "Electric Car Gold Rush: The Auto Industry Charges Into China," 20 Aug. 2019 The Argentine magician's inability to claim glory for his country was further accentuated at approximately 22:00 on Sunday 9 June, when Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo notched up another trophy by claiming the inaugural Nations League title. SI.com, "Argentina: Not Even Lionel Messi Can Turn Around Football's Greatest Underachievers," 19 June 2019 Her look was accentuated with turquoise jewelry, strappy sandals, and a sleek hairstyle. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kacey Musgraves, Tierra Whack, and More Coachella 2019 Weekend 2 Best Celebrity Looks," 21 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of accentuate

circa 1719, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accentuate

borrowed from Medieval Latin accentuātus, past participle of accentuāre "to accent, stress," derivative of Latin accentus accent entry 1

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The first known use of accentuate was circa 1719

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accentuate

verb
ac·​cen·​tu·​ate | \ ak-ˈsen-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce accentuate (audio) \
accentuated; accentuating

Kids Definition of accentuate

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

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