Definition of accentuate
: 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>
accentuationplay \ik-ˌsen(t)-shə-ˈwā-shən, (ˌ)ak-\ noun
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 —see 2accent
First Known Use: circa 1719
ACCENTUATE Defined for Kids
Definition of accentuate for Students
: to make more noticeable <Your blue shirt accentuates your eyes.>
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