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“accent” in English

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accentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæk.sənt/ 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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accented
adjective uk /əkˈsen.tɪd/ us /ˈæk.sen.t̬ɪd/

He spoke in heavily accented English.

accentverb [ T ]

uk /əkˈsent/ us /ˈæk.sent/

(Definition of “accent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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accentnoun [ C ]

us /ˈæk·sent/

accent noun [ C ] (WAY OF PRONOUNCING)

the way in which people in a particular area or country pronounce words:

She spoke with a slight southern accent.

An accent is also a mark written or printed over a letter to show how to pronounce it.

accent noun [ C ] (EMPHASIS)

a special emphasis 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 special emphasis 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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Whereas, perhaps owing to my curious accent, it was transcribed as "biannual" , which would require two reports a year and would be over-egging the pudding!
We therefore endorse the adoption of this document, which places the accent on the primary objective of waste management, namely the protection of the environment and human health.
In turn, we believe that the accent should not be placed on the proposal for a directive on the creation of the internal market for services.
There needs to be an accent on crisis prevention as well as on crisis resolution, because it is better to be safe than sorry.
They are most important amendments because they place the fundamental accent on prevention, education and training and, when prevention is not effective, on the rehabilitation and treatment of addicts.
The accent will be placed on competition, which will have disastrous consequences for workers' rights and for the services provided to the people.

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