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English noun: accent

1. accent (communication) distinctive manner of oral expression

SamplesHe couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent.
She had a very clear speech pattern.

Synonymsspeech pattern

Broader (hypernym)pronunciation

Narrower (hyponym)drawl

2. accent (state) special importance or significance

SamplesThe red light gave the central figure increased emphasis.
The room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents.


Broader (hypernym)grandness, importance

Narrower (hyponym)focus, stress

3. accent (communication) the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

SamplesThe immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English.
He has a strong German accent.
It has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy.

Synonymsdialect, idiom

Broader (hypernym)non-standard speech

Narrower (hyponym)eye dialect, patois

Domain usage membersbang, euphonious, forrad, forrard, forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards, spang

4. accent (communication) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

SamplesHe put the stress on the wrong syllable.

Synonymsemphasis, stress

Broader (hypernym)inflection, prosody

Narrower (hyponym)accentuation, pitch accent, sentence stress, tonic accent, word accent, word stress

5. accent (communication) a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation

Synonymsaccent mark

Broader (hypernym)diacritic, diacritical mark

Narrower (hyponym)acute, acute accent, ague, grave, grave accent, stress mark

Domain categorylanguage, linguistic communication

English verb: accent

1. accent (communication) to stress, single out as important

SamplesDr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet.

Synonymsaccentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate, stress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show

Narrower (hyponym)background, bear down, bring out, downplay, drive home, emphasise, emphasize, play down, point up, press home, ram home, re-emphasise, re-emphasize, set off, topicalize, underline, underscore

2. accent (communication) put stress on; utter with an accent

SamplesIn Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word.

Synonymsaccentuate, stress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out

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