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accent

noun [C] uk   /ˈæk.sənt/ us  

accent noun [C] (PRONUNCIATION)

B1 the way in which people in a particular area, country, or social group pronounce words: He's got a strong southern/Boston accent. She's French but she speaks with an impeccable English accent. He speaks with a broad/heavy/strong/thick Yorkshire accent. I thought I could detect a slight Canadian accent.
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accent noun [C] (MARK)

B2 a mark written or printed over a letter to show you how to pronounce it: a grave accent There's an acute accent on the e of "café".
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accent noun [C] (EMPHASIS)

specialized language, music a special emphasis given to a particular syllable in a word, word in a sentence, or note in a set of musical notes: The accent falls on the final syllable.the accent is on sth great importance is given to a particular thing or quality: This season the accent is definitely on long, flowing, romantic clothes.
accented
adjective uk   /əkˈsen.tɪd/ us    /ˈæk.sen.t̬ɪd/
He spoke in heavily accented English.

accent

verb [T] uk   /əkˈsent/ us    /ˈæk.sent/
to emphasize something: In any advertising campaign, you must accent the areas where your product is better than the competition. specialized Accent the first note of every bar.
(Definition of accent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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