1 beat, cadence, emphasis, force, ictus, pitch, rhythm, stress, timbre, tonality
2 articulation, brogue, enunciation, inflection, intonation, modulation, pronunciation, tone
3 accentuate, emphasize, stress, underline, underscore
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accent ( accents plural )
1 n-count Someone who speaks with a particular accent pronounces the words of a language in a distinctive way that shows which country, region, or social class they come from.
He had developed a slight American accent.
2 n-count An accent is a short line or other mark which is written above certain letters in some languages and which indicates the way those letters are pronounced.
3 n-sing If you put the accenton a particular feature of something, you emphasize it or give it special importance.
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He is putting the accent on military readiness...
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