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To express the accent of (either by the voice or by a mark); to utter or to mark with accent. To mark emphatically; to emphasize. A superior force of voice or of articulative effort upon some particular syllable of a word or a phrase, distinguishing it from the others. Many English words have two accents, the primary and the secondary; the primary being uttered with a greater stress of voice than the secondary. A mark or character used in writing, and serving to regulate the pronunciation; esp.: (a) a mark to indicate the nature and place of the spoken accent; (b) a mark to indicate the quality of sound of the vowel marked; as, the French accents. In the ancient Greek the acute accent meant a raised tone or pitch, the grave the level tone or simply the negation of accent, the circumflex (~ or ^) a tone raised and then depressed. In works on elocution, the first is often used to denote the rising inflection of the voice; the second, the falling inflection; and the third the compound or waving inflection. In dictionaries, spelling books, and the like, the acute accent is used to designate the syllable which ...

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