Accentuate meaning

ăk-sĕn'cho͝o-āt'
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.

verb
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To stress or emphasize; intensify.
verb
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To pronounce with a stress or accent.
verb
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To mark with an accent.
verb
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To pronounce or mark with an accent or stress.
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To emphasize; heighten the effect of.
verb
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To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
verb
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To mark with a written accent.
verb
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To bring out distinctly; to make more noticeable or prominent; to emphasize.
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Origin of accentuate

  • Medieval Latin accentuāre accentuāt- from Latin accentus accent accent
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Medieval Latin accentuātus, past participle of accentuāre, from accentus.
    From Wiktionary
  • (emphasize): First attested in 1865.
    From Wiktionary
  • First attested in 1731.
    From Wiktionary