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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stress or emphasize; intensify: "enacted sweeping land-reform plans that accentuated the already chaotic pattern of landholding” ( James Fallows).
  • transitive v. To pronounce with a stress or accent.
  • transitive v. To mark with an accent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
  • v. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
  • v. To mark with a written accent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pronounce with an accent or with accents.
  • transitive v. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
  • transitive v. To mark with the written accent.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to stress, single out as important
  • v. put stress on; utter with an accent

Etymologies

Medieval Latin accentuāre, accentuāt-, from Latin accentus, accent; see accent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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