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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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  ( 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.   (=emphasize)  
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   (=emphasis)  
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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1: marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections <captious critics> 2: calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument <a captious question>
name given to the discomfort felt in the abdominal area in situations of stress or anxiety
also known as "butterflies in the stomach" sensation
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