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accent

Translation of accent in Spanish:

noun/nombre

/ˈæksent; ˈæksent; ˈæksənt/
  • 1 1.1 (pronunciation) acento (masculine) to speak with a German/southern accent hablar con acento alemán/del sur her French accent is perfect tiene muy buen acento cuando habla francés 1.2
    (accents plural)
    (tone) [literary/literario] tono (masculine) her tender accents su dulce tono
    Example sentences
    • In all but parts of eastern Slovakia, the stress is on the first syllable of a word; longer words (three or more syllables) have secondary accents.
    • Mania, they were told, is simply the Italian translation of the word obsession, and anyway it's pronounced with the accent on the second syllable.
    • In Samoan words all syllables are given equal timing with a slight accent placed on the penultimate syllable.
    Example sentences
    • Though there are sections on Welsh and Greek, the accent is on French, German, Spanish and Italian, each of which has a 24-lesson course attached.
    • The accent is on natural materials - wood and stone.
    • The accent is on making learning an enjoyable experience. ‘Look, understand, absorb and learn’ is the new mantra.
    Example sentences
    • If you're using chives as a visual accent, just sprinkle a few over whatever you're accenting.
    • After a tour of five hotels in Lakes towns from Keswick to Coniston his recommendation is to inject a regional accent into the decor to get more guests to the check-in desks.
    • Bright red is a bold accent in clusters of anemones and candy canes.
  • 2 2.1 (stress) [Linguistics/Lingüística] [Music/Música] acento (masculine) 2.2 (emphasis) énfasis (masculine) to put the accent on sth poner* énfasis en algo, hacer* hincapié en algo
    Example sentences
    • Rachmaninoff indicates that the tenor carries the melody by placing accents over each of its notes.
    • Or consider the college piano student, carefully groomed to taper each Mozartean phrase just so, and deliver sharp accents in Bartok.
    • Moravec takes the opening of the first in a way that connects with Bartók's piano dances, with shifting accents.
  • 3 (symbol) [Linguistics/Lingüística] acento (masculine), tilde (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • The whole country was a mixture of different languages and accents back then, especially in the rural areas.
    • And is there anywhere in the world with a greater diversity of accents than London?
    • And a beautiful thing, for me, was that most spoke with foreign accents and in foreign languages.
    Example sentences
    • The accents and other diacritical marks we now use to write ancient Greek are comparatively late inventions.
    • FYI - I had to leave out some of the accent marks on some of the Spanish words.
    • It's a neat trick to have a way to spell words containing both nasalization and crucially important tone without any accents or funny letters.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

/ækˈsent/

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