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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.
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accentuate

(ækˈsɛntʃʊˌeɪt)
vb
(tr) to stress or emphasize
acˌcentuˈation n
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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.
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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
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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?"
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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
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accentuate

verb
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Translations

accentuate

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

[ækˈsɛntʃueɪt] vt
[+ need, difference, problem] → accentuer
[+ physical feature] → faire ressortir
[+ syllable] → accentuer
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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accentuate

[ækˈsɛntjuːeɪt] vt (syllable) → accentuare; (need, difference) → accentuare, mettere in risalto or in evidenza
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
There was not a mark of dignity or pride upon his bestial countenance, while his enormous bulk spread itself out upon the platform where he squatted like some huge devil fish, his six limbs accentuating the similarity in a horrible and startling manner.
But having once made up his mind he went on in his shrill voice, without timidity--or hesitation, accentuating here and there a word.
"Buonaparte?" he repeated, accentuating the u: "I think, however, now that he lays down laws for Austria at Schonbrunn, il faut lui faire grace de l'u!* I shall certainly adopt an innovation and call him simply Bonaparte!"
She was quite the most wonderful animal that I have ever looked upon, and what few of her charms her apparel hid, it quite effectively succeeded in accentuating. A bit of soft, undressed leather was caught over her left shoulder and beneath her right breast, falling upon her left side to her hip and upon the right to a metal band which encircled her leg above the knee and to which the lowest point of the hide was attached.
Straggling upon the outskirts were the thatched huts of natives, picturesque in their primeval savagery, harmonizing with the background of tropical jungle and accentuating the squalid hideousness of the white man's pioneer architecture.
Leona wore a sexy blue, long-sleeve dress, carefully accentuating her curves.
Esam praised His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister on accentuating that Bahrain will always remain a State of institutions, human rights and freedoms which provides all segments of the community with protection without discrimination or exclusion.
We wanted to create a full body control garment that would still be comfortable enough for daily use while accentuating the hips, buttocks and thighs and controlling the abdomen.
It offers individually designed, contemporary accommodation on three floors, accentuating the views over adjacent countryside.
"Since 1 Washington Park is in the midst of its $20 million renovation, we could think of no better way to showcase the available office space than for the arts community to build works accentuating the striking views and convenient location of this office tower," said Marc Berson, managing member of Washington Park Fidelco, LLC and Fidelco Group chairman.
The person of Jesse Mercer represented these strands, accentuating them from the pulpit and editorials in The Christian Index.