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stress

noun uk   /stres/ us  

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

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.

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   /stres/ us  

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.

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.

stress verb (WORRY)

[I] to feel worried and nervous: Don't stress over it - we'll soon sort it out.
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