accentuate

Meaning(s)

1. highlight, make very clear

Popularity

Medium

Professional

Medium

Social

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accentuate the problem/issue/matter

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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. 

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  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.

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  1. When I brought my concerns to the HR Manager, it accentuated an issue that I wanted to keep confidential.
  2. The decor in the restaurant accentuates the medieval architecture of the building.

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