1. [ noun ] (linguistics) distinctive manner of oral expression
Synonyms: speech_pattern

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

Related terms: pronunciation pronunciation drawl stress
2. [ verb ] direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
Synonyms: emphasize accentuate stress set_off bring_out

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

Related terms: deemphasize change stress foreground pick_up raise background
3. [ noun ] special importance or significance
Synonyms: emphasis

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

Related terms: importance stress stress
4. [ noun ] (linguistics) the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
Synonyms: dialect idiom

"the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English" "he has a strong German accent"

Related terms: non-standard_speech patois eye_dialect forward spang euphonious stress
5. [ noun ] (rhetoric) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
Synonyms: stress accentuation emphasis

"he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

Related terms: prosody sentence_stress tonic_accent accentuation word_stress stress
6. [ verb ] put stress on; utter with an accent
Synonyms: stress accentuate

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

Related terms: pronounce stress dialect accentuation
7. [ verb ] to stress, single out as important
Synonyms: stress emphasize accentuate emphasise punctuate

: "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet."

Related terms: express emphasize underscore point_up re-emphasise topicalize bear_down background drive_home emphasis stress emphasizing
8. [ noun ] a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or (in some languages) placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
Synonyms: accent_mark
Related terms: diacritical_mark acute_accent stress_mark grave_accent language
Similar spelling:   accentor