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- First attested in 1731.
- (emphasize): First attested in 1865.
- From Medieval Latin accentuātus, past participle of accentuāre, from Latin accentus.
- (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /əkˈsen.t͡ʃu.eɪt/, /ækˈsen.t͡ʃuˌeɪt/
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accentuate (third-person singular simple present accentuates, present participle accentuating, simple past and past participle accentuated)
- (transitive) To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
- (transitive) To bring out distinctly; to make more noticeable or prominent; to emphasize.
- 1898, H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds/Book 2/Chapter 3:
- our danger and insolation only accentuated the incompatibility
- 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 5, in 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.
- 1962 March, “The New Year Freeze-up on British Railways”, in Modern Railways, page 159:
- Attempts by Waterloo signalmen to clear the points by power operation eventually exhausted point motor batteries, which are fed by trickle chargers, and a blown fuse accentuated the problem; thus, even when the points had been cleared of ice, no power was available to operate them until the batteries were sufficiently recharged.
- (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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- IPA(key): /at.t͡ʃen.tuˈa.te/, /at.t͡ʃenˈtwa.te/
- Rhymes: -ate
- Hyphenation: ac‧cen‧tu‧à‧te, ac‧cen‧tuà‧te
accentuate f pl
accentuate f pl
- inflection of accentuare:
- ^ accentuale in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)
- English terms derived from Proto-Indo-European
- English terms derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *keh₂n-
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- Rhymes:Italian/ate/5 syllables
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