from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To stress or emphasize; intensify: "enacted sweeping land-reform plans that accentuated the already chaotic pattern of landholding” ( James Fallows).
- transitive v. To pronounce with a stress or accent.
- transitive v. To mark with an accent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
- v. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
- v. To mark with a written accent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pronounce with an accent or with accents.
- transitive v. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
- transitive v. To mark with the written accent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to stress, single out as important
- v. put stress on; utter with an accent
Medieval Latin accentuāre, accentuāt-, from Latin accentus, accent; see accent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)