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Definitions of accent

  1. To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To mark emphatically; to emphasize. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To express the emphatic syllable in (a word) by stress or modulation of the voice; mark a stressed syllable by a sign; emphasize, as a passage of music. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To express or note the accent. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To express or mark accent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To speak, write, or print with an accent; emphasize. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To express or note the accent; to utter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. distinctive manner of oral expression; "he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent"; "she had a very clear speech pattern" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the stress on the wrong syllable" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Modulation of the voice in speaking; manner of speaking or pronouncing; peculiar or characteristic modification of the voice; tone; as, a foreign accent; a French or a German accent. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A word; a significant tone Webster Dictionary DB
  15. expressions in general; speech. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A mark placed at the right hand of a letter, and a little above it, to distinguish magnitudes of a similar kind expressed by the same letter, but differing in value, as y', y''. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A mark at the right hand of a number, indicating minutes of a degree, seconds, etc.; as, 12'27'', i. e., twelve minutes twenty seven seconds. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. The stress laid by the voice upon a particular syllable of a word; a mark or character used in writing and printing to show the proper pronunciation of a word; a peculiarity of utterance characterizing the language of a certain part of a country or the speech of foreigners; musical emphasis. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Modulation of the voice: stress on a syllable or word: a mark used to direct this stress: in poetry, language, words, or expressions in general. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. Modulation or stress of voice; mark denoting these. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. A stress of voice on a syllable of a word, or a mark used to indicate such stress known as primary (') and secondary ("). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. A particular stress of voice upon a syllable or word; a mark used in writing to direct the stress of the voice in pronunciation; a modulation of the voice expressive of certain passions or sentiments; words, language, or expressions in general. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for accent

  1. " Yes, that's more interesting," he remarked, with an accent of irony that escaped her. – The Iron Furrow by George C. Shedd
  2. You are a very young one, she said with a strong foreign accent yet with great kindness. – Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge by Pemberton Ginther
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