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Definitions of accent

  1. distinctive manner of oral expression; " he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent"; " she had a very clear speech pattern"
  2. a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or ( in some languages) placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
  3. the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note ( especially with regard to stress or pitch); " he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
  4. the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; " the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; " he has a strong German accent"
  5. special importance or significance; " the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis"; " the room was decorated in shades of gray with distinctive red accents"
  6. put stress on; utter with an accent; " In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
  7. a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
  8. to stress, single out as important; " Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
  9. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. A word; a significant tone
  13. expressions in general; speech.
  14. Stress laid on certain syllables of a verse.
  15. A regularly recurring stress upon the tone to mark the beginning, and, more feebly, the third part of the measure.
  16. A special emphasis of a tone, even in the weaker part of the measure.
  17. The rhythmical accent, which marks phrases and sections of a period.
  18. The expressive emphasis and shading of a passage.
  19. 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''.
  20. 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.
  21. A mark used to denote feet and inches; as, 6' 10'' is six feet ten inches.
  22. To express the accent of ( either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent.
  23. To mark emphatically; to emphasize.
  24. One of the FLAVORING AGENTS used to impart a meat- like flavor. Medically it has been used to reduce blood ammonia levels in ammoniacal azotemia, therapy of hepatic coma, in psychosis, and mental retardation.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. To express or note the accent.
  29. Modulation or stress of voice; mark denoting these.
  30. To express or mark accent.
  31. To speak, write, or print with an accent; emphasize.
  32. A stress of voice on a syllable of a word, or a mark used to indicate such stress known as primary ( ') and secondary (").
  33. 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.
  34. To express or note the accent; to utter.
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Usage examples for accent

  1. For further remarks on this subject, see the chapter on accent – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  2. Like many of his family, he was proud of his French culture, his French accent and his knowledge of French books. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  3. She talked of Josephine as if she were Josephine's superior, and her expression and accent were such that they contrived to convey an impression that she had the right to do it. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  4. 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
  5. The tenor had apparently not kept his appointment, and madame expressed some irritation at this; first to a friend, in French, but with a slight English accent then in English to her daughter; and Barty grew interested. – The Martian by George Du Maurier
  6. I went to the room where the men lay smoking on the blankets; but one of them wearing a surgeon's shoulderstraps, and speaking in a German accent claimed them as his private property, and positively refused to yield one. – Half a Century by Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm
  7. " If I call you may notice that I have acquired a slight foreign accent he said, and with that he slipped behind the curtain. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  8. " No, not me," said Maurice, whose ears caught the English accent more perfectly, " he calls Harriet- may she come?" – Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 3 of 3) by Frederick William Robinson
  9. We were obliged to confess that she was catching a foreign accent – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  10. She had an English accent which added very much to her charm. – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  11. He was full of learning according to the village standard, could write and cipher well, was fond of reading such books as came in his way, and spoke his native English almost without an accent – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  12. Mrs. Gereth exclaimed, with an accent of triumph. – The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James
  13. Every language has a kind of " accent as it is called, and it is this " accent which is most characteristic. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  14. Her accent and tone were so peculiar as she said this that even Molly noticed it. – Sara, a Princess by Fannie E. Newberry
  15. " Yes, that's more interesting," he remarked, with an accent of irony that escaped her. – The Iron Furrow by George C. Shedd
  16. You are European, not American- why, even your accent is stronger than mine! – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  17. A smile lighted up his face, and he said in an accent of intense joy: He has gone! – The Amulet by Hendrik Conscience
  18. 2. What is Accent – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway
  19. One such, a huge man with a foreign accent became excited, shouted, Oh! – The Thorogood Family by R.M. Ballantyne
  20. Unlike his daughter, he spoke English with a distinctly foreign accent – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
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