- 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.
accentuate definition by Webster's New World
- accentuation noun
accentuate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing, ac·cen·tu·ates
- To stress or emphasize; intensify: “enacted sweeping 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: Medieval Latin accentuāre, accentuāt-, from Latin accentus, accent; see accent.
- ac·cenˌtu·aˈtion noun