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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.


Synonymsemphasis


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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