- The definition of accentuate means to focus on something or make something stand out.
An example of accentuate is to put a word or phrase in all capital letters.
transitive verbac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing, ac·cen·tu·ates
- To stress or emphasize; intensify: “land-reform plans that accentuated the already chaotic pattern of landholding” (James Fallows).
- To pronounce with a stress or accent.
- To mark with an accent.
Origin of accentuateMedieval Latin accentuāre, accentuāt-, from Latin accentus, accent; see accent.
(third-person singular simple present accentuates, present participle accentuating, simple past and past participle accentuated)
- First attested in 1731.
- (emphasize): First attested in 1865.
- From Medieval Latin accentuātus, past participle of accentuāre, from accentus.