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Definition 1: the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where accent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he put the stress on the wrong syllable

Synonyms for accent in the sense of this definition

(accent is a kind of ...) the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

(... is a kind of accent ) the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance

(... is a kind of accent ) emphasis that results from pitch rather than loudness

(... is a kind of accent ) the distribution of stresses within a polysyllabic word

(... is a kind of accent ) the distribution of stresses within a sentence

Definition 2: distinctive manner of oral expression - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where accent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he couldn't suppress his contemptuous accent
  • she had a very clear speech pattern

Synonyms for accent in the sense of this definition

(accent is a kind of ...) the manner in which someone utters a word

"they are always correcting my pronunciation"

(... is a kind of accent ) a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels

Definition 3: a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for accent in the sense of this definition

(accent is a kind of ...) a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation

(... is a kind of accent ) a mark indicating the stress on a syllable

(... is a kind of accent ) a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

(... is a kind of accent ) a mark (`) placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

(accent belongs to category ...) a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

"he taught foreign languages" "the language introduced is standard throughout the text" "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"

Definition 4: the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where accent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the 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

Synonyms for accent in the sense of this definition

(accent is a kind of ...) speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community

(... is a kind of accent ) the use of misspellings to identify a colloquial or uneducated speaker

(... is a kind of accent ) a regional dialect of a language (especially French); usually considered substandard

(accent is the usage domain for ...) leap, jerk, bang

"Bullets spanged into the trees"

(accent is the usage domain for ...) (of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident

"her euphonious Southern speech"

(accent is the usage domain for ...) at or to or toward the front

"he faced forward" "step forward" "she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"

Definition 5: special importance or significance - [noun denoting state]

Samples where accent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for accent in the sense of this definition

(accent is a kind of ...) a prominent status

"a person of importance"

(... is a kind of accent ) special emphasis attached to something

"the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"

Definition 6: put stress on; utter with an accent - [verb of communication]

Samples where accent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word

Synonyms for accent in the sense of this definition

(accent is a kind of ...) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

"She pronounces French words in a funny way" "I cannot say `zip wire'" "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

Definition 7: to stress, single out as important - [verb of communication]

Samples where accent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet

Synonyms for accent in the sense of this definition

(accent is a kind of ...) give expression to

"She showed her disappointment"

(... is a kind of accent ) understate the importance or quality of

"he played down his royal ancestry"

(... is a kind of accent ) direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

"This dress accentuates your nice figure!" "I set off these words by brackets"

(... is a kind of accent ) emphasize anew

"The director re-emphasized the need for greater productivity"

(... is a kind of accent ) pay special attention to

"The lectures bore down on the political background"

(... is a kind of accent ) emphasize by putting heavy stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence

"Speakers topicalize more often than they realize" "The object of the sentence is topicalized in what linguists call `Yiddish Movement'"

(... is a kind of accent ) emphasize, especially by identification

"This novel points up the racial problems in England"

(... is a kind of accent ) make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something

"drive home a point or an argument" "I'm trying to drive home these basic ideas"

(... is a kind of accent ) give extra weight to (a communication)

"Her gesture emphasized her words"

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