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English definition of “accent”

accent

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈæksənt/
PRONUNCIATION B1 the way in which someone pronounces words, influenced by the country or area they come from, or their social class: an American accent a French accent He speaks with a strong northern accent.Ways of speaking
WRITTEN MARK B2 a mark above a letter to show you how to pronounce it, for example (â) and (é)Punctuation
WORD EMPHASIS the word or part of a word that you emphasize when you are speaking: In the word 'impossible' the accent is on the second syllable.Ways of speaking
the accent on sth particular importance or attention that you give to something: a wonderful menu with the accent on fresh fishStressing and emphasizing
(Definition of accent from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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