Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

accentuate

accentuate
Meaning(s)
1) highlight, make very clear
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • accentuate the problem/issue/matter
  • Analysis
     When you 'accentuate' something you draw attention to it by making it more prominent or noticeable. You might wish to 'accentuate' a skill in an interview, a feature on your face or an interesting feature in the architecture of a building. This is a common verb used in social and professional contexts. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Unfortunately, Jenny's suggestion didn't hide the problem. Instead, it accentuated it.
    2. The tight dress that she wore to the dance really accentuated her curves.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. When I brought my concerns to the HR Manager, it accentuated an issue that I wanted to keep confidential.
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