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    stress
    /stres/

    noun

    • 1. pressure or tension exerted on a material object: "the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar" Similar pressuretensionstraintightness
    • 2. a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances: "he's obviously under a lot of stress" Similar strainpressuretensionnervous tensionOpposite relaxation

    verb

    • 1. give particular emphasis or importance to (a point, statement, or idea) made in speech or writing: "they stressed the need for reform" Similar emphasizedraw attention tofocus attention onunderlineOpposite play downunderstate
    • 2. subject to pressure or tension: "this type of workout does stress the shoulder and knee joints"

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