accentuate

verb
ac·​cen·​tu·​ate | \ ik-ˈsen(t)-shə-ˌwāt How to pronounce accentuate (audio) , ak-\
accentuated; accentuating

Definition of accentuate

transitive verb

: 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

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Other Words from accentuate

accentuation \ ik-​ˌsen(t)-​shə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce accentuation (audio) , (ˌ)ak-​ \ noun

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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").

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

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Worse, the convention is gripped by two mutually reinforcing crises that are both illuminating and accentuating its decline. The Economist, "The Southern Baptists are beset by two related fiascos," 15 June 2019 The restaurant’s flooring patterns vary from room to room, and nook to nook, accentuating the way the place would expand. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Universal CityWalk previews new restaurant named Bigfire," 11 June 2019 Many modern celebrities, the Kardashians among them, suddenly had the fuller hips that high-waisted underwear could accentuate. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 Minimalism for me is about keeping a space simple, uncluttered and accentuating the attractive architectural features of a space. Samantha Myers | Dering Hall, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Minimalist Design," 17 May 2019 The Versace suit meant that Lively couldn't go unnoticed, and the look appeared to become even more vibrant as the night went on, with bright lights accentuating the outfit's unusual color. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively Just Stepped Out in a Neon Green Versace Suit, and It'll Make Your Jaw Drop," 18 Aug. 2018 Money managers also said Friday’s moves were accentuated by thin trading. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Turkish Crisis Rattles Global Markets Amid Escalating Spat With U.S.," 11 Aug. 2018 Beadnose, for example, was seated in her end-of-summer portrait in a girth-accentuating position that some observers compared to a Hershey’s Kiss, while other bears were shown standing. Karin Brulliard, The Seattle Times, "America’s fattest bear has now been crowned," 9 Oct. 2018 Use color to accentuate the architecture in your home. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "All the Design Lessons We Learned From Bobby Berk on Season 3 of 'Queer Eye'," 16 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of accentuate

circa 1719, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for accentuate

borrowed from Medieval Latin accentuātus, past participle of accentuāre "to accent, stress," derivative of Latin accentus accent entry 1

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accentuate

verb
ac·​cen·​tu·​ate | \ ak-ˈsen-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce accentuate (audio) \
accentuated; accentuating

Kids Definition of accentuate

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

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