Definition of accentuate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛntʃʊeɪt/
Pronunciation: /əkˈsɛntjʊeɪt/


[with object]
Make more noticeable or prominent: his jacket unfortunately accentuated his paunch
More example sentences
  • You can't argue with Sky, ITV and, previously, the BBC for accentuating its positives out of all proportion.
  • They have shown impressive skill in affirming and accentuating the positives of even the most adverse of circumstances.
  • Instead of focusing on the length of your cut, concentrate on accentuating your best feature.
focus attention on, bring/call/draw attention to, point up, underline, underscore, accent, highlight, spotlight, foreground, feature, give prominence to, make more prominent, make more noticeable, play up, bring to the fore, heighten, stress, emphasize, put/lay emphasis on


Mid 18th century: from medieval Latin accentuat- 'accented', from the verb accentuare, from accentus 'tone' (see accent).

Words that rhyme with accentuate


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