- to give emphasis or prominence to.
- to mark or pronounce with an accent.
Origin of accentuate
Examples from the Web for accentuated
Her pixie haircut, a few months post-chemo, accentuated her ski-slope nose and flirty smile.The Stripper Who Lost a Breast
August 21, 2009
This feeling had been accentuated by the Ishmaelite life he had led from his puppyhood.White Fang
Accentuated forms of pathological masochism are, however, rare in women.The Sexual Question
His air of weary indifference was accentuated, I could not help thinking, wilfully.Under Western Eyes
But I recognized that this was only the humming I had heard before, accentuated.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
Probably it is natural; probably it is accentuated by your residence in feverish cities.My New Curate
- (tr) to stress or emphasize
Word Origin and History for accentuated
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.