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stress

stress

 
 
pronunciation:
stres
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the importance or special attention given to something; emphasis.
My teacher puts a lot of stress on reading.
synonyms:
accentuation, emphasis
definition 2: the stronger tone placed on a given syllable of a word when it is spoken.
In the word "doctor," the stress is on the first syllable.
synonyms:
accent, emphasis
definition 3: physical pressure or force that causes strain on something.
The weight of the books put a lot of stress on the shelf.
synonyms:
pressure, strain, tension
similar words:
fatigue, pull
definition 4: a condition of strain or tension.
Soldiers suffer greatly from stress.
synonyms:
tension
similar words:
fatigue, pressure, strain
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: stressed, stresses, stressing
definition 1: to place importance on or give special attention to; underline.
He stressed the need for more food for people hurt by the war.
synonyms:
accentuate, emphasize, underline
similar words:
feature, focus on, punctuate
definition 2: to say with a stronger tone.
Stress the first syllable when you say the word "favorite."
synonyms:
accent, emphasize
derivation: stressless (adj.)
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  • stressful:
    causing stress.
  • stressed:
    feeling stress.
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