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A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances
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“He made a conscious effort not to let the stress get the better of him despite the mounting pressure.”
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Pressure or tension exerted on a material object
“Using excessive pressure can damage equipment and exert great stress on air hoses.”
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Particular emphasis or importance
“The highlight of his message was his stress on the importance of the traditional family.”
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(of speech) Emphasis given to a particular syllable or word
“The name is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable.”
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Mental or emotional strain
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The active use of energy in producing a result
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The force per unit area exerted by a fluid against a surface with which it is in contact
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The chief consequences or negative results of a thing or event
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An urgent need or demand
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Urgency of manner or words
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Emotional pain or distress
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An increase or improvement in quality, value, or extent
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The core or basis for something
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The way in which a word is pronounced
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A sleeping disorder that is known for its symptoms of unrest and the inability to sleep
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Adverse circumstances
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State of excitement
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Great significance
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A solemn and often public declaration of the truth or existence of something
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A mental state free of jesting or trifling
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The state of feeling annoyed, impatient, or slightly angry
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The grip of a tyre on a road or a wheel on a rail
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A complete depletion of energy or strength
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Something that is formally or legally required or obligatory
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To indicate the importance of by centering attention on
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“I think it is really important to stress that everyone has the right to speak out and take action.”
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To cause mental or emotional strain or tension in
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“The impending deadline is beginning to stress me significantly.”
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(usually of an object) To physically strain, or to apply force as to cause strain
“Heavily fatigued muscles may eventually stress the bone structure and cause a fracture.”
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(of speech) To vocally place emphasis on specific words or syllables
“My son tends to stress capitalized words with inflections.”
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To augment or make something greater
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To experience concern or anxiety
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To state as a fact, usually forcefully
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To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
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To encourage (a behavior, feeling, relationship or idea) through repeated stimulus
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Produce words vocally
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To emphasize too persistently
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To omit a sound or a letter from a word
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To cause one to experience a memory (of someone or something)
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To fix an idea in the mind of (someone)
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