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noun stress pronunciation in British English /stres/
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  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.
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] linguistics the emphasis that you put on a particular word or syllable (=part of a word) by pronouncing it more loudly or with greater force than other words or syllables
    the stress falls on something (=is put on something): In ‘fatigue’ the stress falls on the second syllable.
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