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- First attested in 1731.
- (emphasize): First attested in 1865.
- From Medieval Latin accentuātus, past participle of accentuāre, from accentus.
- (transitive) To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
- (transitive) To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
- In Bosnia, the struggle between East and West was even more accentuated. - London Times
- 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 5, Lord Stranleigh Abroad:
- These were business hours, and a feeling of loneliness crept over him, perhaps germinated by his sight of the illustrated papers, and accentuated by an attempted perusal of them.
- (transitive) To mark with a written accent.
to pronounce with an accent
to bring out distinctly
to mark with a written accent
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- Interlingua: accentuar
- Feminine plural form of accentuato