- to give emphasis or prominence to.
- to mark or pronounce with an accent.
Origin of accentuate
Examples from the Web for accentuating
Now it rose, now it fell, accentuating the silence dense about it.
“And nothing to you,” said Burchill, accentuating his habitual drawl.The Herapath Property
J. S. Fletcher
I therefore played from c to e, accentuating e in particular.Lola
Figures 178 and 179 show a better form of enrichment by accentuating the outline.Industrial Arts Design
William H. Varnum
I had half a mind to undeceive him, but he might have imagined I was accentuating my points.Love's Usuries
- (tr) to stress or emphasize
Word Origin and History for accentuating
1731, from Medieval Latin accentuatus, past participle of accentuare "to accent," from Latin accentus (see accent (n.)). Originally "to pronounce with an accent;" meaning "emphasize" is recorded from 1865.
You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
["Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," 1944, music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer]
Related: Accentuated; accentuating.