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[ noun ak-sent; verb ak-sent, ak-sent ]
/ noun ˈæk sɛnt; verb ˈæk sɛnt, ækˈsɛnt /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Origin of accent

1520–30; <Latin accentus speaking tone, equivalent to ac-ac- + -centus, combining form of cantus song (see canto); translation of Greek prosōidíaprosody

OTHER WORDS FROM accent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH accent

1. accent , stress2. accent , accentuate, assent
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British Dictionary definitions for accent

accent

noun (ˈæksənt)
verb (ækˈsɛnt) (tr)
to mark with an accent in writing, speech, music, etc
to lay particular emphasis or stress on

Word Origin for accent

C14: via Old French from Latin accentus, from ad- to + cantus chant, song. The Latin is a rendering of Greek prosōidia a song sung to music, the tone of a syllable
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