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accentuate (third-person singular simple present accentuates, present participle accentuating, simple past and past participle accentuated)

  1. (transitive) To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
  2. (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[1]:
      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.
  3. (transitive) To mark with a written accent.

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  • IPA(key): /at.t͡ʃen.tuˈa.te/, /at.t͡ʃenˈtwa.te/[1]
  • Rhymes: -ate
  • Hyphenation: ac‧cen‧tu‧à‧te, ac‧cen‧tuà‧te

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accentuate f pl

  1. feminine plural of accentuato

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accentuate f pl

  1. feminine plural of accentuato

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  1. inflection of accentuare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

References edit

  1. ^ accentuale in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)