Definition of accentuate in English:



[with object]
  • Make more noticeable or prominent.

    ‘his jacket unfortunately accentuated his paunch’
    • ‘Andrews wondered why people don't accentuate the positive rather than dwelling on the negative.’
    • ‘Rather than dwell on poor academic performance, it said, teachers are taught to accentuate the positive.’
    • ‘Nighttime pupil dilation accentuates the problem and makes it more noticeable.’
    • ‘As the king unready to govern Simon Bartlett gave what could be called the performance of a lifetime, his lisping accentuating the monarch's worldly innocence.’
    • ‘Above all, of course, we must accentuate the positive, making the most all that is good in our lovely city and county.’
    • ‘His loping gait accentuates his already considerable height, the gangly adolescent now grown up.’
    • ‘By accentuating the positive effects of global commerce, they hope to show that the left's new bogey man has no clothes.’
    • ‘Lighting should accentuate the architectural features of a room.’
    • ‘He was not a man at all, she now saw, but instead a handsome boy, his careless grin accentuating his already striking features.’
    • ‘I am keen to accentuate the positives and there are many if we care to look for them.’
    • ‘Her pale skin became rosy, accentuating her delicate features, and contrasting her dark hair and eyes beautifully.’
    • ‘His shoulders are wide, accentuated by the jacket he is wearing, his neck thick, and his hands huge.’
    • ‘Instead of focusing on the length of your cut, concentrate on accentuating your best feature.’
    • ‘He emerges and they dance a sweet duet, her fragility accentuated by his height and strength.’
    • ‘They have shown impressive skill in affirming and accentuating the positives of even the most adverse of circumstances.’
    • ‘She stands up decisively and pulls her t-shirt down at the sides, accentuating the waistless bulge of her torso that protrudes for some distance from her body.’
    • ‘Herge, then aged seventy-one, was a gaunt figure, his face deeply lined, accentuating his sharp features.’
    • ‘With a laugh, the man emerged from the shadow of a canvas overhang in front of a shop, the light from the moon accentuating his features almost as well as the sun would.’
    • ‘You can't argue with Sky, ITV and, previously, the BBC for accentuating its positives out of all proportion.’
    • ‘To accentuate his point, he referred to the Gospel which emphasises forgiveness.’
    focus attention on, bring attention to, call attention to, draw attention to, point up, underline, underscore, accent, highlight, spotlight, foreground, feature, give prominence to, make more prominent, make more noticeable, play up, bring to the fore, heighten, stress, emphasize, lay emphasis on, put emphasis on
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Mid 18th century: from medieval Latin accentuat- ‘accented’, from the verb accentuare, from accentus ‘tone’ (see accent).