Accentuate

  • 1 accentuate — (v.) 1731, from M.L. accentuatus, pp. of accentuare to accent, from L. accentus (see ACCENT (Cf. accent) (n.)). Originally to pronounce with an accent; meaning emphasize is recorded from 1865. You ve got to accentuate the positive Eliminate the… …

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  • 2 Accentuate — Ac*cen tu*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accentuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Accentuating}.] [LL. accentuatus, p. p. of accentuare, fr. L. accentus: cf. F. accentuer.] 1. To pronounce with an accent or with accents. [1913 Webster] 2. To bring out… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 accentuate — I verb accent, deepen, emphasize, heighten, highlight, intensify, italicize, make clear, point up, pronounce, punctuate, reaffirm, spearhead, star, strengthen, stress, underline, underscore II index dwell (linger over), insist, pronounce (speak) …

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  • 4 accentuate — [v] focus attention on accent, bring attention to, call attention to, draw attention to, emphasize, feature, give prominence to, highlight, point up, spotlight, stress, underline, underscore; concept 77 Ant. divert attention from, mask …

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  • 5 accentuate — ► VERB ▪ make more noticeable or prominent. DERIVATIVES accentuation noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 accentuate — [ak sen′cho͞o āt΄, əksen′cho͞o āt΄] vt. accentuated, accentuating [< ML accentuatus, pp. of accentuare < L accentus, ACCENT] 1. to pronounce or mark with an accent or stress 2. to emphasize; heighten the effect of accentuation n …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 accentuate — UK [ækˈsentʃueɪt] / US [ækˈsentʃuˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms accentuate : present tense I/you/we/they accentuate he/she/it accentuates present participle accentuating past tense accentuated past participle accentuated to emphasize… …

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  • 8 accentuate — ac|cen|tu|ate [əkˈsentʃueıt] v [T] [Date: 1700 1800; : Medieval Latin; Origin: , past participle of accentuare, from Latin accentus; ACCENT1] to make something more noticeable ▪ The photograph seemed to accentuate his large nose. >accentuation …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 accentuate — ac|cen|tu|ate [ æk sentʃu,eıt ] verb transitive to emphasize something or make it more noticeable: The bright lights tend to accentuate wrinkles …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 accentuate — [[t]ækse̱ntʃueɪt[/t]] accentuates, accentuating, accentuated VERB To accentuate something means to emphasize it or make it more noticeable. [V n] His shaven head accentuates his large round face... [V n] The whole air of menace was accentuated by …

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  • 11 accentuate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Medieval Latin accentuatus, past participle of accentuare, from Latin accentus Date: circa 1731 accent, emphasize; also intensify < accentuates the feeling of despair > • …

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  • 12 accentuate — /ak sen chooh ayt /, v.t., accentuated, accentuating. 1. to give emphasis or prominence to. 2. to mark or pronounce with an accent. [1725 35; < ML accentuatus intoned (ptp. of accentuare). See ACCENT, ATE1] * * * …

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  • 13 accentuate — verb /əkˈsen.tʃu.eɪt,ækˈsen.tʃu.eɪt/ a) To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress. b) To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize. See Also: accentual …

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  • 14 accentuate — Synonyms and related words: accent, belabor, dwell on, emphasize, give emphasis to, harp on, highlight, italicize, overaccentuate, overemphasize, overstress, place emphasis on, point up, punctuate, rub in, spotlight, star, stress, underline,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 accentuate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. stress, accent, strengthen; see emphasize . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. see accent III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To accord emphasis to: accent, emphasize, feature, highlight, italicize, play up, point up, stress,… …

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  • 16 accentuate — ac·cen·tu·ate || æk sentjÊŠeɪt v. stress, emphasize, accent …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 accentuate — [ək sɛntʃʊeɪt, tjʊ ] verb make more noticeable or prominent. Derivatives accentuation noun Origin C18 (earlier (C15) as accentuation): from med. L. accentuat , accentuare, from L. accentus (see accent) …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 accentuate — v. a. 1. Mark with accent, put the mark of accent upon. 2. Accent, lay stress upon, pronounce with accent, put the ictus on …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 accentuate — verb (T) to emphasize something, especially the difference between two conditions or situations accentuation noun (C, U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 accentuate — verb a haircut that accentuates your cheekbones Syn: focus attention on, draw attention to, point up, underline, underscore, accent, highlight, spotlight, foreground, feature, play up, bring to the fore, heighten, stress, emphasize …

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