Definition of accented in English:

accented

adjective

  • 1Spoken with or characterized by a particular accent.

    ‘he spoke in slightly accented English’
    • ‘‘You could say these movies show the limited imagination of the screenwriter,’ he says, speaking quickly in heavily accented English that is actually far better than he claims it is.’
    • ‘If the clerk at the Swiss bank was surprised to answer the phone to a gruff, Middle Eastern sounding man speaking in heavily accented English, she did not show it.’
    • ‘She waxes eloquent in accented English while he speaks chaste Urdu.’
    • ‘A slight woman of 37, she trembles and tears fill her eyes as she speaks in accented English about the end of her family's life in America.’
    • ‘In a smooth and elegantly accented voice he spoke out to me.’
    • ‘Her voice was accented, but she spoke the common tongue well enough.’
    • ‘He began to speak in a deeply accented, yet flawless English, and the last bits of conversation died from the room.’
    • ‘A lilting, deeply accented voice spoke quietly, yet it cut right through the buzz of conversation around them.’
    • ‘He put a basket of warm breadsticks on the table, and he began to speak in a heavily accented voice.’
    • ‘While she still speaks an accented Hindi, she is more confident in her speeches and is not shy of meeting the media.’
    • ‘There are some characters in the movie who speak with heavy Jamaican accents or in heavily accented slang that I found hard to understand at times.’
    • ‘She speaks haltingly in a soft, thickly accented voice (she emigrated from Israel in 1984).’
    • ‘The woman had spoken to him in heavily accented English.’
    • ‘I lifted my head, surprised to hear someone speak English to me, even though it was heavily accented.’
    • ‘His English was heavily accented and not easy to understand, but still we spent the most wonderful hour discussing his work.’
    • ‘‘Yes,’ Orhan answered in his richly accented English.’
    • ‘‘Very… special… sausage,’ he says in deliberate, broken, heavily accented English.’
    • ‘‘Please be good,’ the teacher begs in accented English.’
    • ‘‘I wasn't looking at you,’ she said, with a hint of condescension in her heavily accented voice, and proceeded to hand over her sandwiches to the till woman, who had not yet given me my change.’
    • ‘He was replaced by a boozy singer-guitarist who announced in heavily accented French that he was a purveyor of Irish love ballads, then blithely launched into Leonard Cohen's Sisters of Mercy.’
  • 2(of a word, syllable, or musical note or chord) stressed or emphasized.

    ‘a metrical foot consisting of two unaccented syllables followed by one accented syllable’
    • ‘Specifically, tone is a pitch contour that begins on an accented SYLLABLE and continues to the end of a tone group: that is, up to but not including the next stressed syllable.’
    • ‘My favorite part is the discussion, scattered throughout the work, of the interaction of lexical, morphological and phrasal factors in determining which syllables are accented.’
    • ‘But the most dramatic departure is found in the final line, which contains two dactyls and a single accented syllable which we have to regard as the initial syllable of a third dactylic foot.’
    • ‘It also allows the title to begin with an accented syllable, which might be seen as making it ‘punchier’ - more masculine, in fact.’
    • ‘It's not just the final syllable of the word that must rhyme, but everything from the final syllable back to the final accented syllable.’
    • ‘The last four words were accented, giving them a terrible ring.’
    • ‘He also pays attention to the number of accented words in the original line and tends to preserve the same number in his translation.’
    • ‘They have traditionally attempted to respect the text's accentuation by matching accented syllables to accented beats in the music, thus highlighting both rhythm and sense, often to the benefit of both words and music.’
    • ‘The pair nuclear/cochlear is a kind of almost-rhyme, in which everything that follows the accented vowels matches.’
    • ‘The accent fallacy is a fallacy of ambiguity due to the different ways a word is emphasized or accented.’
    • ‘For example, words like kick and chick are more heavily accented than words like grins and sins.’
    • ‘He had pronounced the strange name with a strong, accented emphasis on the last syllable: roh-KAY.’
    • ‘I mean, the guy was clever enough to insert an accented letter ‘a’ into the word ‘loan’ so no Spam filter would flag it.’
    • ‘His tongue made the word sound very sharp and accented.’
    • ‘When the final a is long or accented, as it is here, the word is plural.’

Pronunciation

accented

/ˈaksɛntɪd/