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stressnoun

 us   /stres/

stress noun (WORRY)

[C/U] worry caused by a difficult situation, or something that causes this condition: [U] Luis is under a lot of stress right now. [C] It’s hard to cope with the stresses of raising a family.

stress noun (FORCE)

[C/U] a force that tends to change the shape or strength of an object: [U] If a metal object experiences constant stress, it may bend or break.

stress noun (PRONOUNCING WORD)

English [C/U] the pronouncing of a word or syllable with greater force than other words in the same sentence or other syllables in the same word: [C] The main stress in the word "command" is on the second syllable.

stress noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] special importance or emphasis that is given to something: There’s constant stress on status in this community.
stressful
adjective  us   /ˈstres·fəl/
Working in the emergency room of a major hospital is highly stressful work.

stressverb [T]

 us   /stres/

stress verb [T] (GIVE IMPORTANCE)

to give special importance or emphasis to something: I’d like to stress the differences between our opinions.

stress verb [T] (PRONOUNCE)

English to pronounce a word or syllable with greater force than other words in the same sentence or other syllables in the same word: In the word "engine," you should stress the first syllable.
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