Definition of accentuate in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Make more noticeable or prominent.

    ‘his jacket unfortunately accentuated his paunch’
    • ‘You can't argue with Sky, ITV and, previously, the BBC for accentuating its positives out of all proportion.’
    • ‘They have shown impressive skill in affirming and accentuating the positives of even the most adverse of circumstances.’
    • ‘Instead of focusing on the length of your cut, concentrate on accentuating your best feature.’
    • ‘His loping gait accentuates his already considerable height, the gangly adolescent now grown up.’
    • ‘His shoulders are wide, accentuated by the jacket he is wearing, his neck thick, and his hands huge.’
    • ‘Above all, of course, we must accentuate the positive, making the most all that is good in our lovely city and county.’
    • ‘Andrews wondered why people don't accentuate the positive rather than dwelling on the negative.’
    • ‘Lighting should accentuate the architectural features of a room.’
    • ‘Rather than dwell on poor academic performance, it said, teachers are taught to accentuate the positive.’
    • ‘I am keen to accentuate the positives and there are many if we care to look for them.’
    • ‘With a laugh, the man emerged from the shadow of a canvas overhang in front of a shop, the light from the moon accentuating his features almost as well as the sun would.’
    • ‘Her pale skin became rosy, accentuating her delicate features, and contrasting her dark hair and eyes beautifully.’
    • ‘He was not a man at all, she now saw, but instead a handsome boy, his careless grin accentuating his already striking features.’
    • ‘By accentuating the positive effects of global commerce, they hope to show that the left's new bogey man has no clothes.’
    • ‘Herge, then aged seventy-one, was a gaunt figure, his face deeply lined, accentuating his sharp features.’
    • ‘He emerges and they dance a sweet duet, her fragility accentuated by his height and strength.’
    • ‘To accentuate his point, he referred to the Gospel which emphasises forgiveness.’
    • ‘Nighttime pupil dilation accentuates the problem and makes it more noticeable.’
    • ‘She stands up decisively and pulls her t-shirt down at the sides, accentuating the waistless bulge of her torso that protrudes for some distance from her body.’
    • ‘As the king unready to govern Simon Bartlett gave what could be called the performance of a lifetime, his lisping accentuating the monarch's worldly innocence.’
    focus attention on, bring attention to, call attention to, draw attention to, point up, underline, underscore, accent, highlight, spotlight, foreground, feature, give prominence to, make more prominent, make more noticeable, play up, bring to the fore, heighten, stress, emphasize, lay emphasis on, put emphasis on
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/əkˈsen(t)SHəˌwāt/ /əkˈsɛn(t)ʃəˌweɪt/ /akˈsen(t)SHəˌwāt/ /ækˈsɛn(t)ʃəˌweɪt/


Early 18th century (in the sense ‘pronounce with accent or stress’): from medieval Latin accentuat- ‘accented’, from the verb accentuare, from Latin accentus ‘tone’ (see accent).