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verb [transitive] stress pronunciation in American English /stres/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestressing
past tensestressed
past participlestressed
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  1. 1
    to emphasize something such as an idea, fact, or detail
    The president stressed the importance of controlling spending.
    stress that: He stressed that this was a temporary solution.
  2. 2
    linguistics to pronounce a particular word or syllable (=part of a word) more loudly or with greater force than other words or syllables
    The noun “desert” is stressed on the first syllable.
  3. 3
    spoken to be worried or nervous
    stress about: Even though we have no money I’m not stressing about it.


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