verb (used with object), ac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing.
Origin of accentuate
Examples from the Web for accentuating
Often by accentuating her thinness, a woman can make an effect as type, which gives her distinction.Woman as Decoration|Emily Burbank
The rare whirr and explosion of a shell only had the effect of accentuating the intervening peace.Mud and Khaki|Vernon Bartlett
They arise in a dermal keel which is developed in a web fitting and accentuating the undulatory motion of the body.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)|David Starr Jordan
The searchlight still shot steadily, a golden bar of light athwart the darkness and accentuating it by contrast.The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty|Gerald Breckenridge
Old maids have a special talent for accentuating the words and actions which their dislikes suggest to them.The Vicar of Tours|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for accentuating
Word Origin and History for accentuating
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.