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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: aek sent
definition 1: the stress a speaker gives to one syllable in a word.
The accent in the word "forget" is on "get."
emphasis, stress
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inflection, tone
definition 2: a mark (' or `). Accents are used to show what parts of a word are to be said with more stress.
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character, mark, symbol
definition 3: a way of speaking a language that is typical of people from a particular area.
She has an English accent.
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dialect, drawl
part of speech: verb
pronunciation: aek sent [or] aek sent
inflections: accents, accenting, accented
definition 1: to give more stress to, when speaking.
To pronounce the verb form of the word "contest" correctly, you must accent the second syllable.
emphasize, stress
definition 2: to mark with an accent.
To understand the way the dictionary accents syllables, read the introduction.
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The word accent contains the following part:
ac- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ac- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before Latin roots beginning with hard or soft "c" or "q." See ad-.