[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. accent,
  2. accent mark,
  3. accented,
  4. accentor,
  5. accentual,
  6. accentuation,
  7. accentuator,
  8. accept,
  9. acceptability,
  10. acceptable

Origin of accentuate

1725–35; < Medieval Latin accentuātus intoned (past participle of accentuāre). See accent, -ate1

Related formso·ver·ac·cen·tu·ate, verb (used with object), o·ver·ac·cen·tu·at·ed, o·ver·ac·cen·tu·at··ac·cen·tu·ate, verb (used with object), re·ac·cen·tu·at·ed, re·ac·cen·tu·at·ing.un·ac·cen·tu·at·ed, adjectivewell-ac·cen·tu·at·ed, adjective

Can be confusedaccent accentuate assent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for over-accentuate

  • "One can over-accentuate the baseness of one's motives as well as cover it up," he suggested.

  • Somehow, the Doctor's bluntness made him over-accentuate it,—particularly when there were listeners about.

    The Other Fellow|F. Hopkinson Smith

British Dictionary definitions for over-accentuate


/ (ækˈsɛntʃʊˌeɪt) /


(tr) to stress or emphasize
Derived Formsaccentuation, noun

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