lay/put stress on

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lay/put stress on

: to give special importance or attention to : to emphasize
  • The teacher lay/put stress on the need for good study habits.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

stress play
  1. : constraining force or influence: such as

  2. : a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part

  3. : the deformation caused in a body by such a force

  1. : to subject to physical or psychological stress

  2. : to subject to phonetic stress : accent

  3. : to lay stress on : emphasize


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