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noun British English pronunciation: stress /stres/ 
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singularstress
pluralstresses
  1. 1
    [uncountable] a worried or nervous feeling that stops you relaxing, caused, for example, by pressure at work or financial or personal problems

    overworked managers suffering from stress and anxiety

    under stress:

    Carol's been under a lot of stress lately.

    stress-related:

    stress-related illnesses

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to stress
      stress management (=dealing effectively with stress):

      The class teaches some basic techniques of stress management.

    2. b.
      [countable] a situation that makes you feel stress

      The beautiful gardens offer a refuge from the stresses of daily life.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] special importance given to something so that you pay more attention to it
    lay/put/place stress on something:

    The course lays great stress on the importance of oral communication.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] physical pressure put on something that can make it change its shape or break
    stress on:

    Judo puts a lot of stress on your knee joints.

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