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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
Recent Examples of accentuate from the Web
Kelly’s blonde hair flows below her shoulders, an easy, wide smile accentuates her cheekbones.
Most noticeable is its horizontally stretched dashboard that accentuates Mazda6's width and belies a sense of subtle sophistication.
One way or another, this situation seems to be headed towards an ugly divorce that will only accentuate Milan’s numerous problems so far this season.
That the game exists alone, on a Saturday without other games in the Football Bowl Subdivision, only accentuates the rivalry’s uniqueness.
Don your studded leather jackets and black leotards that accentuate your thunder thighs, and then—slay.
As Claudius, Steven Anthony Jones accentuates the ceremonial bombast of a ruthless political operator.
Both painted their faces white, with black accentuating their noses, mouths, eyes, and cheeks.
At his 2016 Lagos Fashion and Design Week showcase, his collection featured bright and colourful full-length pieces that accentuate the feminine form whilst being modern at the same time.
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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").
Synonymsaccent, emphasize, feature, foreground, highlight, illuminate, play up, point (up), press, punctuate, stress
Antonymsde-emphasize, play down
Related Wordsfocus, identify, pinpoint, spotlight; advertise, boost, plug, promote, publicize; overplay
Near Antonymstone (down), underemphasize, understate; belittle, discount, disparage, minimize
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