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accentuate

ac·cen·tu·ate

accentuate

 
 
pronunciation:
aek sen chu eIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: accentuated, accentuates, accentuating
definition 1: to emphasize; draw attention to.
Lipstick accentuates a woman's lips.The author accentuates the fact that hers is only one theory out of many.Repeating the same information in every paragraph only accentuates this student's limited knowledge of what he's writing about.
similar words:
accent, stress, underscore
definition 2: to say or mark with an accent or stress mark.
Americans accentuate the first syllable of the word "weekend," whereas British speakers accentuate the second.The word "résumé" is sometimes accentuated in English as in French, but it is perhaps more often written without accent marks or with only one.
similar words:
accent, stress
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derivation: accentuation (n.)