part of speech: noun

definition 1: the stress a speaker gives to one syllable in a word.

  • The accent in the word “forget” is on “get.”

definition 2: a mark (‘ or `). Accents are used to show what parts of a word are to be said with more stress.

definition 3: a way of speaking a language that is typical of people from a particular area.

  • She has an English accent.


part of speech: verb

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.

definition 2: to mark with an accent.

  • To understand the way the dictionary accents syllables, read the introduction.