verb (used with object), ac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing.
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?|Michael Tomasky|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And we have every reason for this split to continue and accentuate itself tonight.
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.|Megan McArdle|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
In the film, Cattrall carries an extra 20 pounds and does everything to accentuate her age.
The idea may be merely introduced in order to accentuate the description of utter desolation.Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon|Walter Adeney
The state of his liver and of her general health would naturally have tended to accentuate any differences that arose.The Love Affairs of Lord Byron|Francis Henry Gribble
Islands of settlement served but to accentuate the unpopulated condition of the Rocky Mountain West.The Last American Frontier|Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
He has chosen for dramatic purposes to accentuate the poetic side of Wolfram's character.Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas|W. J. Henderson
There was no hiss of tense feathers to accentuate it, as in the upper vast of air.The Haunters of the Silences|Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for accentuate
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.