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stress

2 verb
     
stress2 [transitive]
1 to emphasize a statement, fact, or idea
stress that
The report stressed that student math skills need to improve.
Crawford stressed the need for more housing downtown.
She stressed the importance of a balanced diet.
2SL to pronounce a word or part of a word so that it sounds louder or more forceful:
The word 'machine' is stressed on the second syllable.

stress somebody out

phrasal verb
to make someone so worried or nervous that they cannot relax:
Studying for exams always stresses me out.
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