- regularly recurring stress.
- a mark indicating stress or some other distinction in pronunciation or value.
- the unique speech patterns, inflections, choice of words, etc., that identify a particular individual: We recognized his accents immediately. She corrected me in her usual mild accents.
- the distinctive style or tone characteristic of an author, composer, etc.: the unmistakably Brahmsian accents of the sonata; She recognized the familiar accents of Robert Frost in the poem.
- a stress or emphasis given to certain notes.
- a mark noting this.
- stress or emphasis regularly recurring as a feature of rhythm.
- a symbol used to distinguish similar quantities that differ in value, as in b′, b″, b‴ (called b prime, b second or b double prime, b third or b triple prime, respectively).
- a symbol used to indicate a particular unit of measure, as feet (′) or inches (″), minutes (′) or seconds (″).
- a symbol used to indicate the order of a derivative of a function in calculus, as f′ (called f prime) is the first derivative of a function f.
verb (used with object)
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How to use accent in a sentence
Despite a hint of a California drawl, her voice lacks a distinctive regional accent.
There are so many reasons to grab a scarf, from protection from the elements to a simple style accent.Stylish and sophisticated scarves that everyone will love|PopSci Commerce Team|January 13, 2021|Popular Science
Duncan also likes to use Brunschwig & Fils’s Xian chinoiserie as an accent pattern on window shades or an armchair, and she suggests pairing it with a geometric design.How to incorporate 7 popular patterns in your home, according to experts|Marissa Hermanson|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
After all, we already know the man has the looks, the accent, and the acting chops.The People Have Spoken And They Want Regé-Jean Page To Be The Next Bond|Brande Victorian|January 7, 2021|Essence.com
Offered in four colors, this chair is a nice accent piece perfect for guests.
Her long, dark hair falls softly around her face, accenting her eyes, which are round and liquid.
He showed crisp plaid jumpers as well black accenting on semi-transparent cocktail dresses.
Yet when handled as Stevenson and Irving handled it, description assists in accenting the mood of the action.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
There is surely no doubt that, in accenting a prefix rather than the root of the word, we lose a certain amount of force.America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
He believed that things could be kept together by accenting the similarities, not the differences of men.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
By slightly accenting the final syllable it becomes come at once to listen.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees|James Mooney
"I am very glad to see you," she said, accenting the adjective.Sons and Fathers|Harry Stillwell Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for accent
- stress placed on certain notes in a piece of music, indicated by a symbol printed over the note concerned
- the rhythmic pulse of a piece or passage, usually represented as the stress on the first beat of each barSee also syncopation