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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 previewProceedings (1904)

by American Society for Testing and Materials

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 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 previewColoring Whiteness (2014)

Acts of Critique in Black Performance by Faedra Chatard Carpenter

What the experiences of everyday people, as well as the experiences of professional artists such as Timothy Douglas, Rayme Cornell, and Nancy Giles, accentuate is the persistence of blacks and whites alike to perpetuate expectations of ...

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 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 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. 2 answer affirmatively. 3 regard favorably; treat as welcome. 4 believe. ac•cess /eakfses/ n. 1 way of ...

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 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 previewDictionary of English Synonyms (2014)

Vocabulary Building by Manik Joshi

ACCENTUATE -- (meaning) to make something more noticeable Synonyms for „ Accentuate‟ -- emphasize / highlight / underline/underscore ****** 012. ACCLIMATIZE -- (meaning) to get used to new situation Synonyms for „ Acclimatize‟ ...

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.

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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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