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accent

noun [C]  us   /ˈæk·sent/

accent noun [C] (WAY OF PRONOUNCING)

the way in which people in a particular area or country pronounce words: She spoke with a slight southern accent. An accent is also a mark written or printed over a letter to show how to pronounce it.

accent noun [C] (EMPHASIS)

a special emphasis given to a syllable in a word or to a word in a sentence: In the word "government," the accent is on the first syllable.

accent

verb [T]  us   /ˈæk·sent, ækˈsent/

accent verb [T] (EMPHASIZE)

to give special emphasis to a syllable in a word or to a word in a sentence: In Spanish, you usually accent the next-to-last syllable.
(Definition of accent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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