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Meaning of “accent” in the English Dictionary

"accent" in British English

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accentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈæk.sənt/
  • accent noun [C] (PRONUNCIATION)

B1 the way in which ​people in a ​particulararea, ​country, or ​socialgrouppronounce words: He's got a strongsouthern/Boston accent. She's ​French but she speaks with an ​impeccableEnglish accent. He ​speaks with a broad/​heavy/​strong/​thick Yorkshire accent. I ​thought I could ​detect a ​slightCanadian 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 ​specialemphasis given to a ​particularsyllable in a word, word in a ​sentence, or ​note in a set of ​musicalnotes: The accent ​falls on the ​finalsyllable.the accent is on sth greatimportance is given to a ​particular thing or ​quality: This ​season the accent is ​definitely on ​long, ​flowing, ​romanticclothes.
accented
adjective uk   /əkˈsen.tɪd/  us   /ˈæk.sen.t̬ɪd/
He ​spoke in heavily accented ​English.

accentverb [T]

uk   /əkˈsent/  us   /ˈæk.sent/
to ​emphasize something: In any ​advertisingcampaign, you must accent the ​areas where ​yourproduct is ​better than the ​competition.specialized Accent the first ​note of every ​bar.
(Definition of accent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accent" in American English

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accentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈæk·sent/
  • accent noun [C] (WAY OF PRONOUNCING)

the way in which ​people in a ​particulararea or ​countrypronounce words: She ​spoke with a ​slightsouthern accent. An accent is also a ​mark written or ​printed over a ​letter to show how to ​pronounce it.
  • accent noun [C] (EMPHASIS)

a ​specialemphasis 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.

accentverb [T]

 us   /ˈæk·sent, ækˈsent/
  • accent verb [T] (EMPHASIZE)

to give ​specialemphasis 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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