The sentence is: "I cannot stress enough how much music matters in my life."

Can I replace stress with emphasize or accentuate?

Are there any differences among these three synonyms; stress, emphasize, accentuate?

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    You can use "accentuate". But given this chart, why would you want to? Aug 29 '19 at 17:00
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    (You obviously know all three words are effectively synonyms, since you say that in your question text.) Aug 29 '19 at 17:02
  • In fact I would avoid the use of the word stress in this context, because the idea that came to me when I first read the sentence, was that music is causing you stress. Aug 29 '19 at 17:46

I don't think that all three words work equally well in this context. 'Stress' and 'emphasize' are more commonly used in this construction than 'accentuate'.

Accentuate is used more often to describe aesthetic effects, such as when you say

You earrings accentuate the lines of your jaw.
The color of the walls accentuates the red in the carpet.

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