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
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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
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.
He was lifted in the sixth inning with five runs (four earned) on a night that accentuated his shortcomings.
A calcifying rift in the bitcoin world is pitting two camps with competing visions for what the virtual currency should be against each other, accentuating the volatility that has come to define this market.
They were prepared with just enough salt in the batter to accentuate the chewy meat and enough crunch to the crust to bring out the unique texture of the delicacy.
Unto These Hills A tragic tale of broken agreements that shaped a Native American nation, Unto These Hills is pure drama, accentuated by pyrotechnic special effects and its natural backdrop—a sky full of stars.
The formal dining area is accentuated by a large fireplace, wood beamed ceiling and a phenomenal oversized chandelier.
The shallow depth of field accentuates the delicateness of the windmill of petals and creates a super-clean image.
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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").
ACCENTUATE Defined for Kids
Definition of accentuate for Students
: to make more noticeable Your blue shirt accentuates your eyes.
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