stress

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Stress is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /stɹɛs/
  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
stress

Plural
stresses

  1. (countable & uncountable) Stress is emotional pressure that makes you worry because things are not going well.
    Death is a time of great stress for family and friends.
    Plants under stress from lack of water or disease are the most likely to attract problem insects.
  2. (countable & uncountable) Stress is physical pressure that gradually can cause things to break
    Sitting puts an unnatural stress on the back and shortens the neck.
  3. (uncountable) Stress is extra attention or importance that you put on something.
    Psychology has put a lot of stress on the childhood roots of adult problems.
  4. (countable & uncountable) Stress is extra loudness that you use in a word or in music.
    Put more stress on the first syllable of the word.

Synonyms[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
stress

Third-person singular
stresses

Past tense
stressed

Past participle
stressed

Present participle
stressing

  1. (transitive) If you stress something, you say that it is very important.
    I have repeatedly stressed the importance of hard work, but luck is also helpful.
  2. (transitive) If you stress a word, part of a word, or a note in music, you make it louder than other words or notes.

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