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ac·cen·tu·ate

 (ăk-sĕn′cho͞o-āt′)
tr.v. ac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing, ac·cen·tu·ates
1. To stress or emphasize; intensify: "land-reform plans that accentuated the already chaotic pattern of landholding" (James Fallows).
2. To pronounce with a stress or accent.
3. To mark with an accent.

[Medieval Latin accentuāre, accentuāt-, from Latin accentus, accent; see accent.]

ac·cen′tu·a′tion n.

accentuate

(ækˈsɛntʃʊˌeɪt)
vb
(tr) to stress or emphasize
acˌcentuˈation n

ac•cen•tu•ate

(ækˈsɛn tʃuˌeɪt)

v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to give emphasis or prominence to.
2. to mark or pronounce with an accent.
[1725–35; < Medieval Latin accentuātus, past participle of accentuāre, derivative of Latin accentus accent]
ac•cen`tu•a′tion, n.
ac•cen′tu•a`tor, n.

accentuate


Past participle: accentuated
Gerund: accentuating

Imperative
accentuate
accentuate
Present
I accentuate
you accentuate
he/she/it accentuates
we accentuate
you accentuate
they accentuate
Preterite
I accentuated
you accentuated
he/she/it accentuated
we accentuated
you accentuated
they accentuated
Present Continuous
I am accentuating
you are accentuating
he/she/it is accentuating
we are accentuating
you are accentuating
they are accentuating
Present Perfect
I have accentuated
you have accentuated
he/she/it has accentuated
we have accentuated
you have accentuated
they have accentuated
Past Continuous
I was accentuating
you were accentuating
he/she/it was accentuating
we were accentuating
you were accentuating
they were accentuating
Past Perfect
I had accentuated
you had accentuated
he/she/it had accentuated
we had accentuated
you had accentuated
they had accentuated
Future
I will accentuate
you will accentuate
he/she/it will accentuate
we will accentuate
you will accentuate
they will accentuate
Future Perfect
I will have accentuated
you will have accentuated
he/she/it will have accentuated
we will have accentuated
you will have accentuated
they will have accentuated
Future Continuous
I will be accentuating
you will be accentuating
he/she/it will be accentuating
we will be accentuating
you will be accentuating
they will be accentuating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been accentuating
you have been accentuating
he/she/it has been accentuating
we have been accentuating
you have been accentuating
they have been accentuating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been accentuating
you will have been accentuating
he/she/it will have been accentuating
we will have been accentuating
you will have been accentuating
they will have been accentuating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been accentuating
you had been accentuating
he/she/it had been accentuating
we had been accentuating
you had been accentuating
they had been accentuating
Conditional
I would accentuate
you would accentuate
he/she/it would accentuate
we would accentuate
you would accentuate
they would accentuate
Past Conditional
I would have accentuated
you would have accentuated
he/she/it would have accentuated
we would have accentuated
you would have accentuated
they would have accentuated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.accentuate - to stress, single out as importantaccentuate - to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
background, play down, downplay - understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
set off, bring out - direct attention to, as if by means of contrast; "This dress accentuates your nice figure!"; "I set off these words by brackets"
re-emphasise, re-emphasize - emphasize anew; "The director re-emphasized the need for greater productivity"
bear down - pay special attention to; "The lectures bore down on the political background"
evince, express, show - give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
topicalize - emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence; "Speakers topicalize more often than they realize"; "The object of the sentence is topicalized in what linguists call `Yiddish Movement'"
point up - emphasize, especially by identification; "This novel points up the racial problems in England"
press home, ram home, drive home - make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something; "drive home a point or an argument"; "I'm trying to drive home these basic ideas"
emphasise, underline, underscore, emphasize - give extra weight to (a communication); "Her gesture emphasized her words"
2.accentuate - put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

accentuate

verb emphasize, stress, highlight, accent, underline, bring home, underscore, foreground, foreground, give emphasis to, call or draw attention to His shaven head accentuates his large round face.
play down, minimize, gloss over, underplay, soft-pedal (informal), make light or little of

accentuate

verb
Translations

accentuate

[ækˈsentjʊeɪt] VT
1. (lit) [+ syllable, word] → acentuar
2. (fig) [+ need, difference etc] → recalcar, subrayar; [+ colour, feature] → realzar

accentuate

[ækˈsɛntʃueɪt] vt
[+ need, difference, problem] → accentuer
[+ physical feature] → faire ressortir
[+ syllable] → accentuer

accentuate

vtbetonen; (in speaking, Mus) → akzentuieren; (Ling: = give accent to) → mit einem Akzent versehen; to accentuate the need for somethingdie Notwendigkeit einer Sache (gen)betonen or hervorheben

accentuate

[ækˈsɛntjuːeɪt] vt (syllable) → accentuare; (need, difference) → accentuare, mettere in risalto or in evidenza
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Between the two, three white-painted turbine-trunks, like eel-baskets laid on their side, accentuate the empty perspectives.
The genial disdain of Michel Rollin, who called them impostors, was answered by him with vituperation, of which crapule and canaille were the least violent items; he amused himself with abuse of their private lives, and with sardonic humour, with blasphemous and obscene detail, attacked the legitimacy of their births and the purity of their conjugal relations: he used an Oriental imagery and an Oriental emphasis to accentuate his ribald scorn.
A single cresset lighted the chamber, while the flickering light from a small wood fire upon one of the two great hearths seemed rather to accentuate the dim shadows of the place.
But these leaks were few and served only to accentuate the blackness of his environment, which his imagination found it easy to people with all manner of unfamiliar shapes, menacing, uncanny, or merely grotesque.
Coming in from the eastward, the bright colouring of the lightship marking the part of the river committed to the charge of an Admiral(the Commander-in-Chief at the Nore) accentuates the dreariness and the great breadth of the Thames Estuary.
Estelle's Dressy Dresses of Farmingdale, NY breaks down some common body shapes and which gowns best accentuate each beautiful figure.
Baggy clothes might cover you up but they also accentuate your size and tight clothes can cause a sausage casing effect.
Graeme and his sister Fiona are amongst the entrepreneurs in the latest series of the BBC2 show, hoping to gain investment for their party game Accentuate.
The annual event, the cinema and Accentuate, the London 2012 legacy programme, together aim to help disabled and deaf people who want to explore their local heritage.
uk Dab this satiny pink liquid highlighter onto cheek or brow bones to accentuate and give a radiant glow.
com)-- James Gerdeman has combined the use of family photos to accentuate nature and the thrill of seeing wild game in the fields.
Berry had earlier donned the colours of the Aga Khan to land his first winners of the day courtesy of Simawa, a halfsister to Sinndar, in the juvenile fillies' maiden and Mourilyan, who proved too strong for Accentuate in the 1m1f conditions event.