stress definition, meaning - what is stress in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “stress”

See all translations

stress

noun uk   us   /stres/

stress noun (WORRY)

B1 [C or U] great worry caused by a difficult situation, or something that causes this condition: People under a lot of stress may experience headaches, minor pains, and sleeping difficulties. Yoga is a very effective technique for combating stress. the stresses and strains of the job stress-related illness
More examples

stress noun (PRONUNCIATION)

B2 [C or U] the way that a word or syllable is pronounced with greater force than other words in the same sentence or other syllables in the same word: The meaning of a sentence often depends on stress and intonation. When "insert" is a verb, the stress is on the second syllable, but when it is a noun, the stress is on the first syllable.
More examples

stress noun (FORCE)

[C or U] specialized physics, engineering a force that acts in a way that often changes the shape of an object: Computers work out the stresses that such a craft will encounter in flight. Jogging puts a lot of stress on your knee joints. He needs to have an operation for a stress fracture in his foot.

stress noun (EMPHASIS)

C1 [U] emphasis: During his speech, he laid particular stress on the freedom of the press.

stress

verb uk   us   /stres/

stress verb (EMPHASIZE)

B2 [T] to give emphasis or special importance to something: [+ (that)] He is careful to stress (that) the laboratory's safety standards are the best in the country. I'd just like to stress the importance of neatness and politeness in this job.
More examples

stress verb (PRONOUNCE)

B2 [T] to pronounce a word or syllable with greater force than other words in the same sentence or other syllables in the same word, or to play a musical note with greater force than others in a group: In the word "engine" you should stress the first syllable.
More examples

stress verb (WORRY)

[I] to feel worried and nervous: Don't stress over it - we'll soon sort it out.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of stress from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stress?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “stress” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gale-force

(of winds) very strong

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More