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accentuate

Verb

1 to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet" [syn: stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent]
2 put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word" [syn: stress, accent]

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English

Etymology

From medieval accentuatus, past participle of accentuare, from accentus.

Pronunciation

  • /əkˈsen.tʃu.eɪt/|/ækˈsen.tʃu.eɪt/, /@k"sEn.tSU.eIt/, /

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accent, belabor, dwell on, emphasize, give emphasis to, harp on, highlight, italicize, overaccentuate, overemphasize, overstress, place emphasis on, point up, punctuate, rub in, spotlight, star, stress, underline, underscore
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