verb (used with object), ac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing.
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.
These tales only accentuated the agony she felt whenever she was forced to concentrate her thoughts upon actualities.Joyce of the North Woods|Harriet T. Comstock
There was an air of high breeding about the delicate features which, curiously enough, was accentuated by the unshaven chin.Bat Wing|Sax Rohmer
She listened, drawing in her breath with a little sobbing sound—but that was only the result of accentuated dramatic satisfaction.The History of Sir Richard Calmady|Lucas Malet
British Dictionary definitions for accentuated
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.