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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 French/Scottish 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 West Country accent.Ways of speaking

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".Punctuation

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.Ways of speakingTechnical music termsStressing and emphasizing 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.Stressing and emphasizing
accented
adjective uk   /əkˈsen.tɪd/ us    /ˈæk.sen.t̬ɪd/
He spoke in heavily accented English.Ways of speaking

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.Stressing and emphasizing
(Definition of accent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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