accentuate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v accentuate put stress on; utter with an accent "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
    • v accentuate to stress, single out as important "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Accentuate To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize. "In Bosnia, the struggle between East and West was even more accentuated ."
    • Accentuate To mark with the written accent.
    • Accentuate To pronounce with an accent or with accents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • accentuate To mark or pronounce with an accent or with accents; place an accent or accents on. To lay stress upon; emphasize; give prominence to; mark as of importance: as, he accentuated the views of the party on this question.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Accentuate to mark or pronounce with accent: to make prominent
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. accentuatus, p. p. of accentuare, fr. L. accentus,: cf. F. accentuer,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. accentus, a tone or note—ad, to, canĕre, to sing.

Usage

In literature:

The slight cast I had noticed in his blue eyes became oddly accentuated.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
A point that should be accentuated in Molly Davousta's account is the price of shoes.
"Making Both Ends Meet" by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
She trod over the tops of the deep drifts with an accentuation of her usual strong free step.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
This invasion, though successfully repelled, only accentuated the dissensions between the two brothers.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
What falls in with this rhythm is reproduced and accentuated whenever the train of memory is started anew.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The result is of course that by attenuating his force he only accentuates his inferiority.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
In its greatest representatives, the rhythm of adoration and work is seen in an accentuated form.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
The father's harshness served to accentuate the kindness of the mother, and he felt her death keenly.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
Compactly screwed curl papers, dozens of them, accentuate the hard, unlovely lines of her face and brow.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
This, and the anxiety of entertaining her royal guests, accentuated the illness she had contracted.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
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In poetry:

The waterfall, deep in the wood,
Talked drowsily with solitude,
A soft, insistent sound of foam,
That filled with sleep the forest's dome,
Where, like some dream of dusk, she stood
Accentuating solitude.
"In The Wood" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Noise (random speckling caused by electronic fluctuations in the sensor's circuitry) is also accentuated.
Like a chef in the kitchen, a cigarmaker, when blending, picks and chooses different percentages of wrapper, binder and filler—the three main components of a handmade cigar—to accentuate or diminish certain flavors.
This allure accentuates the best qualities of the home.
His shiny gold tie accentuated the congressman's gray pants, gray windbreaker and white button down shirt.
I took the femininity of this outfit one step further by adding a studded skinny belt to accentuate my waist.
After his full- figured spouse was unable to find lingerie that accentuated her body type, Johnson, 44, browsed online and discovered numerous resources.
Tile flooring accentuates the gourmet kitchen, which has a large two-level prep/eating bar that seats four.
Complementary ivory cabinetry is accentuated with bead board and a few glass doors.
The contrasting style of the metal planes accentuates the character of the wood piece.
The new wood-fired oven and great food, accentuated by a commitment to freshness, has many people talking about Pesce Pazzo.
Being critically ill, needing invasive procedures or having a hospitalized child all accentuate this feeling.
The swimming pool is an amazing place — women wearing practically nothing and accentuating the nothingness by getting soaking wet.
Jean Cocteau's filming of his 1938 play ten years later is both a lesson in mise en scene and an illustration of the paradox that accentuating the theatrical aspects of theater on-screen makes them quintessentially cinematic.
The owner of this 2,200-square-foot loft in San Francisco used contemporary design to accentuate the home's exposed brick walls and high ceilings.
Fixtures should be used to accentuate the merchandise , not conceal it.
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In science:

Existence of the recursive procedure allowing one to construct new invariants on the basis of the starting set of invariants, see Refs. [2, 1], accentuates the role of the local invariants among other conserved quantities.
Canonical description of ideal magnetohydrodynamics and integrals of motion
The same tra jectory is also shown in panel (B), but with an expanded horizontal scale to accentuate changes in the distance of the ring from the rotation axis of the star.
Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars. II. The Buoyant Rise of Magnetic Flux Tubes Through the Radiative Interior
So for q > 1 ̺(q) puts emphasis on the more singular regions of Pn , while for q < 1 the accentuation is on the less singular regions.
Information theory and generalized statistics
We expect that the contrast between the two estimators will be accentuated when h < 1.
An invitation to quantum tomography (II)
It was also possible to establish that NGC 247 has an inclination of 75.4 deg, indicating the difficulty involved in the study of its stellar populations due to the problems of crowding and blending accentuated by this high inclination.
The Araucaria Project: The Distance to the Sculptor Group Galaxy NGC 247 from Cepheid Variables Discovered in a Wide-Field
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