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Noun
Particular emphasis or importance
“A fourth part of his self-help message was his stress on the fundamental importance of the traditional family.”
Noun
A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances
“Although stress makes blood pressure rise temporarily, there's doubt about whether it can contribute to a long-term increase.”
Noun
Pressure or tension exerted on a material object
“Using excessive pressure can damage equipment and exert great stress on air hoses.”
Noun
(of speech) Emphasis given to a particular syllable or word
“The name is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable.”
Verb
To indicate the importance of by centering attention on
“Another thing I think is really important to stress is that anyone, no matter how old he or she is, has the right to speak out and take action.”
Verb
Cause mental or emotional strain or tension in
“The impending deadline is beginning to stress me greatly.”
Verb
(usually of an object) To physically strain, or to come under physical strain
“The bolted gates began to stress against the repeated pummeling by the invaders.”
Verb
(of speech) To vocally place emphasis on specific words or syllables
“The difficulty seems to lie primarily in getting used to the odd way metre will stress unimportant words or syllables.”
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