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accent

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈæk.sənt/

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.
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