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ac·cen·tu·ate  (ăk-sĕn′cho̅o̅-āt′)
tr.v. ac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing, ac·cen·tu·ates
1. To stress or emphasize; intensify: "enacted sweeping 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)
1. (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.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
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?"

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 [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
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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