V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. give more force or attention to; 2. to put emphasis on a given syllable in a word; 3. to draw attention to something to make it more noticeable
Synonyms: emphasize, stress, intensify, underscore
Antonyms: minimize, underplay
Tips: Accentuate is derived from the Latin accentus, "to emphasize." Accentuate is related to the word accent. An accent mark draws emphasis to a particular syllable in a word, and to accent something means "to bring attention" to it. To accentuate means "to emphasize and intensify something or make something more pronounced or visible."
Her blue hat accentuated the blue of her eyes. (emphasized, intensified)
The cold, damp cell accentuated the prisoner's feelings of despair. (intensified)
Michael's daily report accentuates his skill with words. (emphasizes, underscores)
When buying clothes, you should aim for styles that accentuate your best features. (emphasize)
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