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accentuate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of accentuate

  1. 1 to indicate the importance of by centering attention on let's accentuate the saxophones during this piece by having the sax players stand up Synonyms of accentuate accent, emphasize, feature, foreground, highlight, illuminate, play up, point (up), press, punctuate, stressWords Related to accentuate focus, identify, pinpoint, spotlight; advertise, boost, plug, promote, publicize; overplayNear Antonyms of accentuate tone (down), underemphasize, understate; belittle, discount, disparage, minimizeAntonyms of accentuate de-emphasize, play down

  2. 2 to make markedly greater in measure or degree the foul weather merely accentuated my feelings of depression Synonyms of accentuate intensify, amp (up), amplify, beef (up), boost, consolidate, deepen, enhance, heighten, magnify, redouble, step up, strengthenWords Related to accentuate broaden, enlarge, expand, extend, lengthen; accelerate, hasten, quicken; emphasize, point (up), sharpen, stress; augment, enforce, reinforce (also reenforce), restrengthen, supplement; maximize; enliven, jazz (up); aggravate, exacerbateNear Antonyms of accentuate decrease, diminish, lessen, let up (on), reduce, subdue, tone (down), weaken; dwindle, recede, subside, taper (off), wane; alleviate, ease, lightenAntonyms of accentuate abate, moderate

  3. 3 to make more apparent unfortunately, the new bedspread just accentuates the dinginess of the curtains behind the bed Synonyms of accentuate emphasize, bring out, italicize, stress, underline, underscoreWords Related to accentuate amplify, beef (up), boost, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; augment, deepen, enhance, enlarge, heighten, magnify, maximize, supplement; enliven, jazz (up)Near Antonyms of accentuate decrease, diminish, lessen, minimize, reduce, subdue, tone (down), understate, weakenAntonyms of accentuate de-emphasize

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