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Accentuate vs. Attenuate — What's the Difference?

Accentuate vs. Attenuate — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Accentuate and Attenuate

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Accentuate

Make more noticeable or prominent
His jacket unfortunately accentuated his paunch
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Attenuate

To make slender, fine, or small
The drought attenuated the river to a narrow channel.
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Accentuate

To stress or emphasize; intensify
"land-reform plans that accentuated the already chaotic pattern of landholding" (James Fallows).
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Attenuate

To reduce in force, value, amount, or degree; weaken
Medicine attenuated the fever's effect.
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Accentuate

To pronounce with a stress or accent.
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Attenuate

To lessen the density of; rarefy.
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Accentuate

To mark with an accent.
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Attenuate

(Biology) To make (bacteria or viruses) less virulent.
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Accentuate

(transitive) To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
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Attenuate

(Electronics) To reduce (the amplitude of an electrical signal) with little or no distortion.
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Accentuate

(transitive) To bring out distinctly; to make more noticeable or prominent; to emphasize.
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Attenuate

To become thin, weak, or fine.
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Accentuate

(transitive) To mark with a written accent.
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Attenuate

Reduced or weakened, as in strength, value, or virulence.
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Accentuate

To pronounce with an accent or with accents.
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Attenuate

(Botany) Gradually tapering to a slender point.
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Accentuate

To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.
In Bosnia, the struggle between East and West was even more accentuated.
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Attenuate

(transitive) To reduce in size, force, value, amount, or degree.
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Accentuate

To mark with the written accent.
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Attenuate

(transitive) To make thinner, as by physically reshaping, starving, or decaying.
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Accentuate

To stress, single out as important;
Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet
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Attenuate

(intransitive) To become thin or fine; to grow less.
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Accentuate

Put stress on; utter with an accent;
In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word
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Attenuate

(transitive) To weaken.
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Attenuate

(transitive) To rarefy.
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Attenuate

To reduce the virulence of a bacterium or virus.
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Attenuate

To reduce the amplitude of an electrical, radio, or optical signal.
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Attenuate

(brewing) of a beer To become less dense as a result of the conversion of sugar to alcohol.
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Attenuate

Gradually tapering into a petiole-like extension toward the base.
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Attenuate

To make thin or slender, as by mechanical or chemical action upon inanimate objects, or by the effects of starvation, disease, etc., upon living bodies.
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Attenuate

To make thin or less consistent; to render less viscid or dense; to rarefy. Specifically: To subtilize, as the humors of the body, or to break them into finer parts.
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Attenuate

To lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less complex; to weaken.
To undersell our rivals . . . has led the manufacturer to . . . attenuate his processes, in the allotment of tasks, to an extreme point.
We may reject and reject till we attenuate history into sapless meagerness.
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Attenuate

To become thin, slender, or fine; to grow less; to lessen.
The attention attenuates as its sphere contracts.
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Attenuate

Made thin or slender.
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Attenuate

Made thin or less viscid; rarefied.
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Attenuate

Weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)
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Attenuate

Become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
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Attenuate

Reduced in strength;
The faded tones of an old recording
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