1 emphasis, force, importance, significance, urgency, weight
2 anxiety, burden, hassle (informal) nervous tension, oppression, pressure, strain, tautness, tension, trauma, worry
3 accent, accentuation, beat, emphasis, ictus
4 accentuate, belabour, dwell on, emphasize, harp on, lay emphasis upon, point up, repeat, rub in, underline, underscore
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stress ( stresses plural & 3rd person present) ( stressing present participle) ( stressed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you stress a point in a discussion, you put extra emphasis on it because you think it is important.
The spokesman stressed that the measures did not amount to an overall ban... V that
They also stress the need for improved employment opportunities, better transport and health care... V n
`We're not saying we're outside and above all this,' he stresses. V with quote
Stress is also a noun., n-var N on n
Japanese car makers are laying ever more stress on European sales.
2 n-var If you feel under stress, you feel worried and tense because of difficulties in your life.
oft under N
Katy could think clearly when not under stress..., ...a wide range of stress-related problems.
3 n-var Stresses are strong physical pressures applied to an object.
Earthquakes happen when stresses in rock are suddenly released as the rocks fracture.
4 verb If you stress a word or part of a word when you say it, you put emphasis on it so that it sounds slightly louder. `Sit down,' she replied, stressing each word. V n Stress is also a noun., n-var ...the misplaced stress on the first syllable of this last word.
post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental illness that can develop after someone has been involved in a very bad experience such as a war. (MEDICAL) n-uncount
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