accent

[ noun ak-sent; verb ak-sent, ak-sent ]
/ noun ˈæk sɛnt; verb ˈæk sɛnt, ækˈsɛnt /
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noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. accelerator mass spectrometry,
  2. accelerator nerve,
  3. accelerogram,
  4. accelerograph,
  5. accelerometer,
  6. accent mark,
  7. accented,
  8. accentor,
  9. accentual,
  10. accentuate

Origin of accent

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

Related forms
Can be confusedaccent stressaccent accentuate assent

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British Dictionary definitions for accenting

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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Word Origin and History for accenting
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