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  1. [noun] the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); "he put the stress on the wrong syllable"
    Synonyms: emphasis, accent

  2. [noun] (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
    Synonyms: tension, tenseness

  3. [noun] (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body; "the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"

  4. [noun] special emphasis attached to something; "the stress was more on accuracy than on speed"
    Synonyms: focus

  5. [noun] difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; "she endured the stresses and strains of life"; "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R.J.Samuelson
    Synonyms: strain

  6. [verb] to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"
    Synonyms: emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuate

  7. [verb] put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"
    Synonyms: accent, accentuate

  8. [verb] test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"
    Synonyms: try, strain


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