Meaning of STRESS in English


(~es, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you ~ a point in a discussion, you put extra emphasis on it because you think it is important.

The spokesman ~ed that the measures did not amount to an overall ban...

They also ~ the need for improved employment opportunities, better transport and health care...

‘We’re not saying we’re outside and above all this,’ he ~es.

= emphasize

VERB: V that, V n, V with quote

Stress is also a noun.

Japanese car makers are laying ever more ~ on European sales.

= emphasis

N-VAR: N on n


If you feel under ~, you feel worried and tense because of difficulties in your life.

Katy could think clearly when not under ~...

...a wide range of ~-related problems.

N-VAR: oft under N


Stresses are strong physical pressures applied to an object.

Earthquakes happen when ~es in rock are suddenly released as the rocks fracture.



If you ~ 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, ~ing each word.


Stress is also a noun.

...the misplaced ~ on the first syllable of this last word.


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