to give emphasis or prominence to.
to mark or pronounce with an .
Contemporary Examples

Her pixie haircut, a few months post-chemo, accentuated her ski-slope nose and flirty smile.
The Stripper Who Lost a Breast Melissa Lion August 20, 2009

Historical Examples

Each of the four actions of the muscles should be carefully distinguished and accentuated.
How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions S. S. Curry

This feeling had been accentuated by the Ishmaelite life he had led from his puppyhood.
White Fang Jack London

My own share of the general unpleasantness was accentuated by a finely developed bout of sciatica.
South! Sir Ernest Shackleton

His air of weary indifference was accentuated, I could not help thinking, wilfully.
Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad

This effect has no doubt been accentuated in the subsequent photographic processes.
Photographs of Nebul and Clusters James Edward Keeler

Probably it is natural; probably it is accentuated by your residence in feverish cities.
My New Curate P.A. Sheehan

“I can help you,” she said, and a flush rushed into her cheeks, which at once relieved and accentuated their pallor.
Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus

Those features are accentuated and exaggerated by the deformations which are practiced.
Folkways William Graham Sumner

At bottom it is nothing else than an accentuated masculinity.
mile Verhaeren Stefan Zweig

(transitive) to stress or emphasize

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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