- to give emphasis or prominence to.
- to mark or pronounce with an accent.
Origin of accentuate
Examples from the Web for accentuate
A situation like the current one is likely to accentuate his weakness.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada?
November 19, 2014
And we have every reason for this split to continue and accentuate itself tonight.The Old and White vs. The Young and Brown
November 7, 2012
Assuming that Romney does indeed lose, I advise Republicans to accentuate the positive.Obama Will Probably Win. Here Are Some Reasons For Republicans to be Cheerful.
November 6, 2012
With the lines drawn for November, Republicans tended to accentuate the positive.African-Americans Nowhere to Be Found in Romney’s Orbit
Harry Siegel, Ben Jacobs
April 11, 2012
In the film, Cattrall carries an extra 20 pounds and does everything to accentuate her age.Kim Cattrall Strips Down
April 7, 2011
As a result we accentuate morals in these respects, but not in any others.The Conquest of Fear
A method of distinction so cheap that fools employ it to accentuate their incapacity.The Devil's Dictionary
A sickly smile came into his face, and seemed to accentuate its pallor.The Tavern Knight
But this only appeared to accentuate the profound stillness.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
The birth of the child only served to accentuate her unimportance in the house.Artists' Wives
- (tr) to stress or emphasize
Word Origin and History for accentuate
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.