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    • [noun ak-sent; verb ak-sent, ak-sent]
    • /noun ˈæk sɛnt; verb ˈæk sɛnt, ækˈsɛnt/
    • /ˈæk.sənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [noun ak-sent; verb ak-sent, ak-sent]
    • /noun ˈæk sɛnt; verb ˈæk sɛnt, ækˈsɛnt/

Definitions of accenting word

  • noun accenting prominence of a syllable in terms of differential loudness, or of pitch, or length, or of a combination of these. 1
  • noun accenting degree of prominence of a syllable within a word and sometimes of a word within a phrase: primary accent; secondary accent. 1
  • noun accenting a mark indicating stress (as (·, ·), or (ˈ, ˌ), or (′, ″)), vowel quality (as French grave `, acute ´, circumflex ^, ), form (as French la “the” versus là “there”), or pitch. 1
  • noun accenting any similar mark. 1
  • noun accenting Prosody. regularly recurring stress. a mark indicating stress or some other distinction in pronunciation or value. 1
  • noun accenting a musical tone or pattern of pitch inherent in a particular language either as a feature essential to the identification of a vowel or a syllable or to the general acoustic character of the language. Compare tone (def 7). 1

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Origin of accenting

First appearance:

before 1520
One of the 28% oldest English words
1520-30; < Latin accentus speaking tone, equivalent to ac- ac- + -centus, combining form of cantus song (see canto); translation of Greek prosōidía prosody

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Accenting


accenting popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

accenting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accenting

noun accenting

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