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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
Mostly their laughing just accentuated their abs even more.
Gillespie said MS-13’s rise accentuates the need for local cooperation with federal immigration officials.
Its bright strawberry and red cherry flavors and mineral finish accentuates the spices in this dish.
Using paler hues, accentuate under the brows for a mini lift, and dust a lighter blush along the cheekbone to plump cheeks.
Sheathed in silvery glass, with alternating stacks of balconies accentuating its sculptural identity, the tower promises to work as both a stand-alone object and a part of the cityscape.
Cargo and cruise ships pass her research vessel entering and leaving the estuary, accentuating the Columbia River’s role as an industrial artery for the Pacific Northwest.
Landing Hayward, a versatile in-his-prime forward who averaged 22 points and can score the 3-ball, would be Riley's biggest summer score since LeBron in 2010 – the basketball weight of it accentuated by purely personal reasons.
The event is a cataclysm accentuated by the peculiar bind in which the 24-7 network has found itself.
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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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