› [T] to emphasize something: We want to stress how careful we are when assessing credit risk. It is important to stress that economic and social cohesion is a political priority of the European Union. With the growth of the Internet, I cannot stress how important it is for new businesses to act fast in registering trademarks. The report stressed that by proactively dealing with climate-change issues, companies can earn a voice in planning policy.stress the importance/need The group has spent much of its time stressing the need for debt relief for Africa.be keen/at pains/quick to stress After the budget, the Chancellor was keen to stress how the average earner with two children will be better off. › [I] informal to become very worried or unhappy because you have too much work or too many problems to deal with: Try not to stress too much about things.