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Definition of the verb accentuate

What does accentuate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: accentuated | accentuating | accentuates

  1. to stress, single out as important
  2. put stress on; utter with an accent

Alternative definition of the verb accentuate


  1. [transitive] To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
  2. [transitive] To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
  3. [transitive] To mark with a written accent.

Definition of the verb accentuate for high school students

    to stress, highlight
    • example: Psychologists agree that those people who are happiest accentuate the positive in life.

The verb accentuate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for accentuate

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Google previewBarron's Civil Service Clerical Exams (2005)

by Jerry Bobrow, Peter Z. Orton, William Covino, Ph.D.

To accentuate means most nearly to A) modify C) sustain B) hasten D) intensify 72. Banal means most nearly A) commonplace C) tranquil B) forceful D) indifferent 73- Incorrigible means most nearly A) intolerable C) irreformable B) retarded D) ...

Google previewMaster the Officer Candidate Tests (2013)

by Peterson's

Accentuate means to emphasize. The correct answer is (E). Ancillary means auxiliary or subsidiary. 3. The correct answer is (E). Calumny means false accusation or slander. 4. The correct answer is (D). Coherent means consistent or logical.

Google previewProceedings of the Annual Meeting - American Society for Testing Materials (1904)

These results are matters of record, but the point that the writer would especially accentuate is that this test was made in a thoroughly practical manner. The preservation of steel cars is a question requiring careful study. The preparation of the ...

Google previewWhy the Bubble Burst (2003)

US Stock Market Performance Since 1982 by Lawrance Lee Evans

However cruel this might sound in the wake of the Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia and similar debacles, the point Kindleberger attempts to accentuate is that these types of financial schemes are endogenous to the Minsky cycle, largely driven by ...

Google previewChild Witnesses (1996)

Fragile Voices in the American Legal System by Lucy S. McGough

What this and similar listings of hearsay risks fail to accentuate is the role of the listener-witness, an element that is aggravated in cases in which the declarant is a child. Just as there is a danger that the declarant ...

Google previewIndian Engineering (1907)

by Patrick Doyle

Anoter point it tends to accentuate is that goods traffics more profitable than passengers.

Google previewOxford American Large Print Dictionary (2008)

by Oxford University Press

accentuate. ac•cen•tu•ate /akesenCH...fMt/ v. emphasize; make prominent. —ac•cen•tu•a•tion n. ac•cept /akesept/ v. 1 willingly receive.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Perception (2010)

by E. Bruce Goldstein

The nature and location of adornment tends to accentuate the factors discussed. Cosmetic application, for example, is more common in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012)

by James A. Banks

Literacy programs that accentuate ...

Google previewChambers School Dictionary

accentuate accountant hard work 4 the way in which words are pronounced in a particular area etc: a Scottish accent accentuate {pronounced ak- sen-choo- ayt) verb to make more obvious; emphasize accept verb 1 to take something offered ...

Google previewThe Dimwit's Dictionary (2002)

5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske

accentuate the positive accentuate the positive An infantile phrase (See. 55.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Solar System (2014)

by Tilman Spohn, Doris Breuer, Torrence Johnson

accentuate topography, showing the names of major features discussed in this chapter. The data are in simple cylindrical projection centered at 180 E. (Bottom) MESSENGER false-color photomosaic in the same map projection, assembled ...

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I just don't think there are any rules to color. You have a small space with no windows? Put lamps in there, make it dramatic, paint the ceiling black. Do something with it. If it's dark, accentuate the darkness. (David Bromstad)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3E1N1T1U1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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