to emphasize a statement, fact, or idea
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.
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 outphrasal verb
Studying for exams always stresses me out.