secondary stressˌsecondary ˈstress noun [countable, uncountable] technical 🔊 🔊 SLthe secondstrongeststress that is put on a part of a long word when you speak it. It is shown in this dictionary by the mark (ˌ) → primary stress
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secondary stress• If the stemconsists of more than one syllable there will be a secondary stress on one of the syllables of the stem.• If both primary and secondary stress need to be marked it can be done like this: demonstration. 5.2.3.• The stress in these words is calledsecondary stress.• The last syllable is usually quite prominent so that in some cases it could be said to have secondary stress.• When stress is being discussed, the mark indicates primary stress and indicates secondary stress.