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.