Verb accentuate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


accentuate (third-person singular simple present accentuates, present participle accentuating, simple past and past participle accentuated)

  1. (transitive) To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
  2. (transitive) To bring out distinctly; to make more noticeable or prominent; to emphasize.
  3. (transitive) To mark with a written accent.

More definition: give emphasis or prominence to. mark or pronounce with an accent.

1. (transitive) to stress or emphasize Derived Formsaccentuation, nounCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1731, from Medieval Latin accentuatus, past participle of accentuare "to accent," from Latin accentus (see accent (n.)). Originally "to pronounce with an accent;" meaning "emphasize" is recorded from 186

5.You've got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the negative Latch on to the affirmative Don't mess with Mister In-Between ["Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," 1944, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer]Related, Accentuated; accentuating.


It tended also to accentuate Schristipread of the enmity to the Franks of the heathen Frisians and amity.

A rapprochement with France and a continuance of the Irredentist movement could not fail to arouse Austro-German hostility; but, on the other hand, to draw near to the central powers would inevitably accentuate the diffidence of France.

Clothing, moreover - and this is true also of the present day - almost always tends to accentuate rather than to conceal the difference between the sexes.

He is, however, also the devil, as the age of the Reformation conceived him: a fallen angel who has not forgotten the splendour of his first estate, and who pictures to Faust the glories of heaven, in order to accentuate the horrors of the hell to which he triumphantly drags him.

The balance of internal evidence - copyists being more likely to accentuate than to diminish the precision of a note of time - inclines, like the balance of external evidence, against the article.

Resorting to stimulants after illness, his marked excess in this respect on the occasion of his inauguration as vice-president undoubtedly did him harm with the public. Faults of personality were his great handicap. Though approachable and not without kindliness of manner, he seemed hard and inflexible; and while president, physical pain and domestic anxieties, added to the struggles of public life, combined to accentuate a naturally somewhat severe temperament.

The artist can accentuate the high lights or solids in the original drawing or photograph, and the stereotyper can emphasize points in the picture by thickening the plate in the parts necessary to stand out.

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