Definition of accentuate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

accentuate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//əkˈsentʃueɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsentʃueɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they accentuate
BrE BrE//əkˈsentʃueɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsentʃueɪt//
 
he / she / it accentuates
BrE BrE//əkˈsentʃueɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsentʃueɪts//
 
past simple accentuated
BrE BrE//əkˈsentʃueɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsentʃueɪtɪd//
 
past participle accentuated
BrE BrE//əkˈsentʃueɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsentʃueɪtɪd//
 
-ing form accentuating
BrE BrE//əkˈsentʃueɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əkˈsentʃueɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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accentuate something to emphasize something or make it more noticeable Her short hair accentuated her huge eyes. The fundamental patterns of inequality have remained and have been accentuated by the war. When talks did occur, they tended to accentuate differences between the two groups. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from medieval Latin accentuat- ‘accented’, from the verb accentuare, from accentus ‘tone’(from ad- ‘to’ + cantus ‘song’), translating Greek prosōidia ‘a song sung to music, intonation’.
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