› [C or U] a feeling of worry and unhappiness because you have too much work or too many problems to deal with: Successful managers need to be able to make tough decisions under stress. She was off work for four weeks with a stress-related illness. More women are now working full-time, with all the stresses and strains that brings. Workplace culture is an important factor in levels of stress. stress management/reduction work/workplace/occupational stresscope with/deal with/handle stress Firms need to find ways of helping executives deal with stress.experience/suffer from stress According to the survey, over half a million workers believed they suffered from stress.reduce/relieve/ease stress Flexible work policies can reduce stress.be under stress People who are under stress are more likely to have accidents at work.cause (sb) stress Delays in payment cause stress and financial hardship.a cause/source of stress Work is the third most frequent cause of stress.take the stress out of sth Satellite-navigation systems take the stress out of driving. › [C or U] problems caused by a difficult situation: financial/fiscal stressbe under stress Many of our businesses are under stress right now because of the slow economy.stress(es) on sth Disappointing figures have once again highlighted stresses on the public finances.place/put/reduce stress on sth A new transmission line would reduce stress on electricity systems across the mid-Atlantic region.
place/lay/put stress on sth › if an official speech or report places, lays, or puts stress on something, it emphasizes it: We should develop a more dynamic conception of equality, placing more stress on opportunity.