1. [ verb ] to stress, single out as important
Synonyms: stress emphasize accent emphasise punctuate

: "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet."

Related terms: express emphasize underscore point_up re-emphasise topicalize bear_down background drive_home emphasis stress emphasizing
2. [ verb ] direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
Synonyms: emphasize set_off stress accent bring_out

"This dress accentuates your nice figure!" "I set off these words by brackets"

Related terms: deemphasize change stress foreground pick_up raise background
3. [ verb ] put stress on; utter with an accent
Synonyms: stress accent

"In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

Related terms: pronounce stress dialect accentuation
Similar spelling:   accented