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ac·cent

 (ăk′sĕnt′)
n.
1. The relative prominence of a particular syllable of a word by greater intensity or by variation or modulation of pitch or tone.
2. Vocal prominence or emphasis given to a particular syllable, word, or phrase.
3. A characteristic pronunciation, especially:
a. One determined by the regional or social background of the speaker.
b. One determined by the phonetic habits of the speaker's native language carried over to his or her use of another language.
4. A mark or symbol used in the printing and writing of certain languages to indicate the vocal quality to be given to a particular letter: an acute accent.
5. A mark or symbol used in printing and writing to indicate the stressed syllables of a spoken word.
6. Rhythmically significant stress in a line of verse.
7. Music
a. Emphasis or prominence given to a note or chord, as by an increase in volume or extended duration.
b. A mark representing this.
8. Mathematics
a. A mark used as a superscript to distinguish among variables represented by the same symbol.
b. A mark used as a superscript to indicate the first derivative of a variable.
9. A mark or one of several marks used as a superscript to indicate a unit, such as feet (′) and inches (") in linear measurement.
10.
a. A distinctive feature or quality, such as a feature that accentuates, contrasts with, or complements a decorative style.
b. Something that accentuates or contrasts something else, as a touch of color that makes the features of an image stand out.
11. Particular importance or interest; emphasis: The accent is on comfort. See Synonyms at emphasis.
tr.v. (ăk′sĕnt′, ăk-sĕnt′) ac·cent·ed, ac·cent·ing, ac·cents
1. To stress or emphasize the pronunciation of: accented the first syllable in "debacle."
2. To mark with a printed accent.
3. To focus attention on; accentuate: a program that accents leadership development.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin accentus, accentuation : ad-, ad- + cantus, song (from canere, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots).]

accent

n
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) the characteristic mode of pronunciation of a person or group, esp one that betrays social or geographical origin
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the relative prominence of a spoken or sung syllable, esp with regard to stress or pitch. Compare pitch128, stress3
3. (Linguistics) a mark (such as ˈ, ˌ, ´ or `) used in writing to indicate the stress or prominence of a syllable. Such a mark may also be used to indicate that a written syllable is to be pronounced, esp when such pronunciation is not usual, as in turnèd
4. (Linguistics) any of various marks or symbols conventionally used in writing certain languages to indicate the quality of a vowel, or for some other purpose, such as differentiation of homographs. See acute10, grave25, circumflex
5. (Phonetics & Phonology) (in some languages, such as Chinese) any of the tones that have phonemic value in distinguishing one word from another. Compare tone7
6. (Linguistics) rhythmic stress in verse or prose
7. (Classical Music) music
a. stress placed on certain notes in a piece of music, indicated by a symbol printed over the note concerned
b. the rhythmic pulse of a piece or passage, usually represented as the stress on the first beat of each bar. See also syncopation
8. (Mathematics) maths either of two superscript symbols indicating a specific unit, such as feet (′), inches (″), minutes of arc (′), or seconds of arc (″)
9. a distinctive characteristic of anything, such as taste, pattern, style, etc
10. particular attention or emphasis: an accent on learning.
11. a strongly contrasting detail: a blue rug with red accents.
vb (tr)
12. to mark with an accent in writing, speech, music, etc
13. to lay particular emphasis or stress on
[C14: via Old French from Latin accentus, from ad- to + cantus chant, song. The Latin is a rendering of Greek prosōidia a song sung to music, the tone of a syllable]

ac•cent

(n. ˈæk sɛnt; v. also ækˈsɛnt)
n.
1. prominence of a syllable in terms of differential loudness, pitch, length, or a combination of these.
2. degree of prominence of a syllable within a word or of a word within a phrase: primary accent; secondary accent.
3. a mark indicating stress (as ′ or `), vowel quality (as French grave `, acute ´, circumflex ^), pitch, distinction in meaning, or that an ordinarily silent vowel is to be pronounced.
4. regularly recurring stress in verse.
5. a mode of pronunciation characteristic of or distinctive to the speech of a particular person, group, or locality: a southern accent.
6. such a mode of pronunciation recognized as being of foreign origin: She still speaks with an accent.
7.
a. a stress or emphasis given to certain musical notes.
b. a mark indicating this.
c. stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm.
8. Often, accents. the tones, inflections, choice of words, etc., that identify a particular individual or express a particular emotion.
9. special attention or emphasis: an accent on accuracy.
10. a contrasting detail.
11. a distinctive quality or feature.
12.
a. a symbol used to distinguish similar mathematical quantities that differ in value, as in b~, b〃, b‴ (called b prime, b second or b double prime, b third or b triple prime, respectively).
b. a symbol used to indicate a particular unit of measure, as feet (~) or inches (〃), minutes (~) or seconds (〃).
c. a symbol used to indicate the order of a derivative of a function in calculus, as f~ (called f prime) is the first derivative of a function f.
13. accents, words; language; speech: He spoke in accents bold.
v.t.
14. to pronounce with prominence (a syllable within a word or a word within a phrase): Accent the first syllable.
15. to mark with a written accent or accents.
16. to give emphasis or prominence to; accentuate.
[1520–30; < Latin accentus speaking tone =ac- ac- + -centus,cantus song (see canto)]
ac′cent•less, adj.
ac•cen′tu•a•ble, adj.

accent


Past participle: accented
Gerund: accenting

Imperative
accent
accent
Present
I accent
you accent
he/she/it accents
we accent
you accent
they accent
Preterite
I accented
you accented
he/she/it accented
we accented
you accented
they accented
Present Continuous
I am accenting
you are accenting
he/she/it is accenting
we are accenting
you are accenting
they are accenting
Present Perfect
I have accented
you have accented
he/she/it has accented
we have accented
you have accented
they have accented
Past Continuous
I was accenting
you were accenting
he/she/it was accenting
we were accenting
you were accenting
they were accenting
Past Perfect
I had accented
you had accented
he/she/it had accented
we had accented
you had accented
they had accented
Future
I will accent
you will accent
he/she/it will accent
we will accent
you will accent
they will accent
Future Perfect
I will have accented
you will have accented
he/she/it will have accented
we will have accented
you will have accented
they will have accented
Future Continuous
I will be accenting
you will be accenting
he/she/it will be accenting
we will be accenting
you will be accenting
they will be accenting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been accenting
you have been accenting
he/she/it has been accenting
we have been accenting
you have been accenting
they have been accenting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been accenting
you will have been accenting
he/she/it will have been accenting
we will have been accenting
you will have been accenting
they will have been accenting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been accenting
you had been accenting
he/she/it had been accenting
we had been accenting
you had been accenting
they had been accenting
Conditional
I would accent
you would accent
he/she/it would accent
we would accent
you would accent
they would accent
Past Conditional
I would have accented
you would have accented
he/she/it would have accented
we would have accented
you would have accented
they would have accented
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accent - distinctive manner of oral expressionaccent - distinctive manner of oral expression; "he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent"; "she had a very clear speech pattern"
pronunciation - the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
drawl - a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels
2.accent - special importance or significanceaccent - special importance or significance; "the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis"; "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"
grandness, importance - a prominent status; "a person of importance"
stress, focus - special emphasis attached to something; "the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
3.accent - the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of peopleaccent - the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
eye dialect - the use of misspellings to identify a colloquial or uneducated speaker
patois - a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard
spang, bang - leap, jerk, bang; "Bullets spanged into the trees"
forrad, forrard, forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards - at or to or toward the front; "he faced forward"; "step forward"; "she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations)
4.accent - the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)accent - the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
prosody, inflection - the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
accentuation - the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance
pitch accent, tonic accent - emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness
word accent, word stress - the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word
sentence stress - the distribution of stresses within a sentence
5.accent - a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciationaccent - a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
diacritic, diacritical mark - a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
stress mark - a mark indicating the stress on a syllable
acute, acute accent, ague - a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
grave accent, grave - a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
Verb1.accent - to stress, single out as importantaccent - to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
background, play down, downplay - understate the importance or quality of; "he played down his royal ancestry"
set off, bring out - direct attention to, as if by means of contrast; "This dress accentuates your nice figure!"; "I set off these words by brackets"
re-emphasise, re-emphasize - emphasize anew; "The director re-emphasized the need for greater productivity"
bear down - pay special attention to; "The lectures bore down on the political background"
evince, express, show - give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
topicalize - emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence; "Speakers topicalize more often than they realize"; "The object of the sentence is topicalized in what linguists call `Yiddish Movement'"
point up - emphasize, especially by identification; "This novel points up the racial problems in England"
press home, ram home, drive home - make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something; "drive home a point or an argument"; "I'm trying to drive home these basic ideas"
emphasise, underline, underscore, emphasize - give extra weight to (a communication); "Her gesture emphasized her words"
2.accent - put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say - speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

accent

noun
2. stress, force, beat, emphasis, rhythm, cadence, timbre, accentuation, ictus Talk very fast and put an accent on every third word.
3. emphasis, stress, importance, priority, significance, insistence, prominence, underscoring There is often a strong accent on material success.
verb
1. emphasize, stress, highlight, underline, bring home, underscore, accentuate, foreground, give emphasis to, call or draw attention to She had a round face accented by a little white cap.
Quotations
"The accent of one's birthplace lingers in the mind and in the heart as it does in one's speech" [Duc de la Rochefoucauld Maximes]

accent

noun
1. A particular vocal quality that indicates some emotion or feeling:
Idiom: tone of voice.
2. Special weight placed upon something considered important:
verb
Translations
تَوْكِيدعَلَامَة تَشْدِيد اللَّفْظلَهْجَهنبَّر اللَّفْظ، شَدَّدَ عَلَى مَقْطَعنَبْرَة الصَّوت
akcentdůrazpřízvukzdůraznit
accentaccenttegnhovedvægtmed accenttryk
aksenttiaksenttimerkkiilmaisuiskukorostaa
ékezetkiejtésmód
áherslaáherslumerkiframburîurleggja áherslu á
アクセントなまり
akcentasdidžiausias dėmesyskirčio ženklaskirčiuotikirtis
akcentētakcentsuzsvara zīmeuzsvarsuzsvars, akcents
akcent
naglas
naglasak
accentaccentuerabetonabrytning
aksanvurguvurgu işaretivurgulamavurgulamak

accent

A. [ˈæksənt] N
1. (written) → acento m
put an accent on the "o"pon un acento sobre la "o"
acute accentacento m agudo
written accentacento m ortográfico
2. (= pronunciation) → acento m
he has a French accenttiene acento francés
with a strong Andalusian accentcon (un) fuerte acento andaluz
3. (= emphasis) (fig) to put the accent onsubrayar (la importancia de), recalcar
the minister put the accent on exportsel ministro recalcó la importancia de la exportación
this year the accent is on bright colours (Fashion) → este año están de moda los colores vivos
4. (liter) (= tone) in accents of some surpriseen cierto tono de asombro
B. [ækˈsent] VT
1. [+ syllable, word] → acentuar
2. [+ need, difference] → recalcar, subrayar
3. [+ colour, feature] → realzar
C. [ˈæksənt] CPD accent mark Nacento m ortográfico

accent

[ˈæksənt] n
(= pronunciation) → accent m
to have a German accent → avoir l'accent allemand
He has a French accent → Il a l'accent français.
to speak with an accent → parler avec un accent
to speak with an Irish accent → parler avec l'accent irlandais
She speaks with a slight American accent → Elle parle avec un léger accent américain.
to have a strong accent → avoir un accent marqué
(LINGUISTICS) (= written mark) → accent m
(= emphasis, stress) → accent m
the accent is on ... → l'accent est mis sur ...
to put the accent on sth → mettre l'accent sur qch

accent

n (all senses) → Akzent m; (= stress also)Betonung f; accents (liter: = tones) → Töne pl, → Tonfall m; to speak without/with an accentakzentfrei or ohne Akzent/mit Akzent sprechen; to put the accent on something (fig)den Akzent auf etw (acc)legen; the accent is on bright coloursder Akzent or die Betonung liegt auf leuchtenden Farben
vtbetonen

accent

[ˈæksnt] n (all senses) → accento

accent

(ˈӕksənt) noun
1. (a mark used to show) the stress on a syllable. The accent is on the second syllable.
2. a mark used to show the pronunciation of a letter in certain languages. Put an accent on the e in début.
3. emphasis. The accent must be on hard work.
4. a special way of pronouncing words in a particular area etc. an American accent.
(əkˈsent) verb
to pronounce with stress or emphasis. The second syllable is accented.

accent

n. acento, énfasis, intensificación;
v. acentuar, hacer énfasis; recalcar.
References in classic literature ?
Miss Kate put up her glass, and, having taken a survey of the little tableau before her, shut her sketch book, saying with condescension, "You've a nice accent and in time will be a clever reader.
He and his wife spoke English with an accent which was only discernible through its un-English emphasis and a certain carefulness and deliberation.
demanded the grenadier, in the language and with the accent of a man from old France.
In both sexes, occasionally, this lifelong croak, accompanying each word of joy or sorrow, is one of the symptoms of a settled melancholy; and wherever it occurs, the whole history of misfortune is conveyed in its slightest accent.
The complaint of a human heart, sorrow-laden, perchance guilty, telling its secret, whether of guilt or sorrow, to the great heart of mankind; beseeching its sympathy or forgiveness, -- at every moment, -- in each accent, -- and never in vain
said Chloe, with an accent of surprise and delight; "and how long would it take me to work it out, Missis?
Surprise and astonishment flashed from face to face all over the house; the queen's gratified smile faded out at the name of Sir Kay, and she looked disap- pointed; and the page whispered in my ear with an accent and manner expressive of extravagant derision --
With an accent like gritting your teeth, it is true, and with a grammar that is no improvement on blasphemy - still, with practice you get at the meat of what he says, and it serves.
Some of these scars are of a very strange and dreadful aspect; and the effect is striking when several such accent the milder ones, which form a city map on a man's face; they suggest the "burned district" then.
Finally a spade struck upon the coffin with a dull woody accent, and within another minute or two the men had hoisted it out on the ground.
And he repeated her words with such assurance of accent, such boastful pretence of amazement, that she could not help replying with quickness,
They will be brought up," said he, in a serious accent, "to be as unlike myself as is possible.