[ ak-sen-choo-eyt ]
/ ækˈsɛn tʃuˌeɪt /
verb (used with object), ac·cen·tu·at·ed, ac·cen·tu·at·ing.
to give emphasis or prominence to.
to mark or pronounce with an accent.
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- accent mark,
Origin of accentuate
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/ (ækˈsɛntʃʊˌeɪt) /
(tr) to stress or emphasize
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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.
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