definition 1: to emphasize; highlight.
example: Her speech stressed the need to improve the city’s schools.
example: The chef stressed the importance of measuring the ingredients carefully.
example: The salesman stressed the usefulness of the product and avoided discussing the price.
definition 2: to subject to pressure or strain.
example: The heavy lifting stressed his back.
definition 3: to utter (a word or syllable) with relatively greater emphasis.
example: “I DO want to help!” she exclaimed, strongly stressing the word “do.”
example: Americans stress the second syllable of the word “café,” but British speakers stress the first.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the transitive verb stress (definition 1)
stress + NOUN: ~ importance (e.g., She stressed the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of disease), ~ need, ~ fact, ~ significance, ~ role, ~ necessity, ~ desirability, ~ danger, ~ potential, ~ similarity, ~ unity, ~ commonality, ~ primacy, ~ magnitude, ~ urgency