To Acce'nt v.a. [from accentus, Lat.]
- To pronounce, to speak words with particular regard to the grammatical marks or rules.
Having got somebody to mark the last syllable but one, where it is long, in words above two syllables (which is enough to regulate her pronunciation, and accentingthe words) let her read daily in the gospels, and avoid understanding them in Latin, if she can. Locke on Education, § 177.
- In poetry, to pronounce or utter in general.
O my unhappy lines! you that before
Have serv'd my youth to vent some wanton cries,
And, now congeal'd with grief, can scarce implore
Strength to accent, Here my Albertus lies! Wotton.
- To write or note the accents.