American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stress or emphasize; intensify: "enacted sweeping land-reform plans that accentuated the already chaotic pattern of landholding” ( James Fallows).
- v. To pronounce with a stress or accent.
- v. To mark with an accent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mark or pronounce with an accent or with accents; place an accent or accents on. To lay stress upon; emphasize; give prominence to; mark as of importance: as, he accentuated the views of the party on this question.
- v. transitive To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
- v. transitive To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
- v. transitive To mark with a written accent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pronounce with an accent or with accents.
- v. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
- v. To mark with the written accent.
- v. to stress, single out as important
- v. put stress on; utter with an accent
- Medieval Latin accentuāre, accentuāt-, from Latin accentus, accent; see accent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“And at night especially that cold air wants to drain and kind of accentuate it with these Santa Ana offshore winds and compressed heated and that's what we've got.”
“You kind of accentuate the positives on either side as opposed to a Brewers broadcast when you're putting everything - even the other team's success - into a Brewers perspective.”
“kind of accentuate the positive work the authority is doing.”
“Those on the left side accentuate anger, hate, jealousy, and selfishness.”
“This will always be handy and already help accentuate the area.”
“My recommendation is that women identify and embrace those attributes that make them beautiful, and then learn to accentuate them.”
“Hmmmm, but Palin isn't black, doesn't have Oprah's megamillions to image make her and doesn't have Oprah's influence on the media to contain her negatives and accentuate her positives.”
“Also I would add that making truthful statements about facts held in court to be true seems to accentuate the role of the court as fact-finder in these cases, and prohibiting such statements undermines the role of the court.”
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