accentuate

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verb ac·cen·tu·ate \ik-ˈsen(t)-shə-ˌwāt, ak-\

Definition of accentuate

accentuated

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accentuating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

accentuation

play \ik-ˌsen(t)-shə-ˈwā-shən, (ˌ)ak-\ noun

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Examples of accentuate in a sentence

  1. He likes to wear clothes that accentuate his muscular build.

  2. 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

accentuate

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verb ac·cen·tu·ate \ak-ˈsen-chə-ˌwāt\

Definition of accentuate for Students

accentuated

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accentuating

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



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