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English noun: stress

1. stress (communication) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)

SamplesHe put the stress on the wrong syllable.

Synonymsaccent, emphasis

Broader (hypernym)inflection, prosody

Narrower (hyponym)accentuation, pitch accent, sentence stress, tonic accent, word accent, word stress

2. stress (state) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

SamplesHe suffered from fatigue and emotional tension.
Stress is a vasoconstrictor.

Synonymstenseness, tension

Broader (hypernym)mental strain, nervous strain, strain

Narrower (hyponym)breaking point, yips

Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

3. stress (state) special emphasis attached to something

SamplesThe stress was more on accuracy than on speed.


Broader (hypernym)accent, emphasis

4. stress (state) difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

SamplesShe endured the stresses and strains of life.
He presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger.


Broader (hypernym)difficulty

5. stress (phenomenon) (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body

SamplesThe intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area.

Broader (hypernym)force

Narrower (hyponym)breaking point, tension

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

English verb: stress

1. stress (communication) to stress, single out as important

SamplesDr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet.

Synonymsaccent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, punctuate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show

Narrower (hyponym)background, bear down, bring out, downplay, drive home, emphasise, emphasize, play down, point up, press home, ram home, re-emphasise, re-emphasize, set off, topicalize, underline, underscore

2. stress (communication) put stress on; utter with an accent

SamplesIn Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word.

Synonymsaccent, accentuate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out

3. stress (emotion) test the limits of

SamplesYou are trying my patience!.

Synonymsstrain, try

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)afflict

Narrower (hyponym)rack

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