An example of accentuate is to put a word or phrase in all capital letters.
- to pronounce or mark with an accent or stress
- to emphasize; heighten the effect of
Origin of accentuate; from Medieval Latin accentuatus, past participle of accentuare ; from Classical Latin accentus, accent
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 accentuare, accentuat-, 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.