[ ak-sen-choo-eyt ]
/ ækˈsɛn tʃuˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), ac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing.

to give emphasis or prominence to.
to mark or pronounce with an accent.

Origin of accentuate

1725–35; < Medieval Latin accentuātus intoned (past participle of accentuāre). See accent, -ate1

Related forms

o·ver·ac·cen·tu·ate, verb (used with object), o·ver·ac·cen·tu·at·ed, o·ver·ac·cen·tu·at··ac·cen·tu·ate, verb (used with object), re·ac·cen·tu·at·ed, re·ac·cen·tu·at·ing.un·ac·cen·tu·at·ed, adjectivewell-ac·cen·tu·at·ed, adjective

Can be confused

accent accentuate assent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for accentuate

British Dictionary definitions for accentuate


/ (ækˈsɛntʃʊˌeɪt) /


(tr) to stress or emphasize

Derived Forms

accentuation, noun
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