accent

An accent is a stress or emphasis on a particular part of something, usually a word. Pronounce the word "doofus" with the accent on the first syllable: DOO-fuss.

Accent comes from the Latin accentus, which means "the intonation of singing." We use accent for different kinds of emphasis in speech. In some foreign languages, the mark above a letter is an accent that signals how to pronounce it. If you accent something, like the "t" on the end of your name, you highlight it. In music, an emphasized note is accented. A regional accent is the particular way that people from that place speak.

Primary Meanings of accent

1.
nv
special importance or significance
stress; single out as important
2.
n
a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
3.
n
the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
Full Definitions of accent
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n special importance or significance

“the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents
Synonyms:
emphasis
Types:
focus, stress
special emphasis attached to something
Type of:
grandness, importance
a prominent status

n the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

Synonyms:
emphasis, stress
Types:
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accentuation
the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance
pitch accent, tonic accent
emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness
word accent, word stress
the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word
sentence stress
the distribution of stresses within a sentence
Type of:
inflection, prosody
the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

v stress; single out as important

Synonyms:
accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress
Types:
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background, downplay, play down
understate the importance or quality of
bring out, set off
direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
re-emphasise, re-emphasize
emphasize anew
bear down
pay special attention to
topicalize
emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence
point up
emphasize, especially by identification
drive home, press home, ram home
make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something
emphasise, emphasize, underline, underscore
give extra weight to (a communication)
pick up
lift out or reflect from a background
wave off
dismiss as insignificant
foreground, highlight, play up, spotlight
move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
raise
bring (a surface or a design) into relief and cause to project
soft-pedal
play down or obscure
Type of:
evince, express, show
give expression to

v put stress on; utter with an accent

“In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word”
Synonyms:
accentuate, stress
Type of:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
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n a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation

Synonyms:
accent mark
Types:
stress mark
a mark indicating the stress on a syllable
acute, acute accent, ague
a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
grave, grave accent
a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
Type of:
diacritic, diacritical mark
a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
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n the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

“he has a strong German accent
Synonyms:
dialect, idiom
Types:
eye dialect
the use of misspellings to identify a colloquial or uneducated speaker
patois
a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard
Type of:
non-standard speech
speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community

n distinctive manner of oral expression

“he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent
Synonyms:
speech pattern
Types:
drawl
a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels
Type of:
pronunciation
the manner in which someone utters a word

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