\ ˈstrest \

Definition of stressed

: stressed-out feeling stressed about work

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Examples of stressed in a Sentence

He was feeling pretty stressed about the deadline. you seem really stressed right now, so maybe you should try to do something more relaxing

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Figuring out how stressed whales have been is a near-impossible task but a crucial one: stress affects the health of individual whales, which in turn affects the health of the population. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018 This one seems obvious, but running behind schedule is often a big part of the reason why people get so stressed out about holiday travel. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Simple But Crucial Ways to Deal With Holiday Travel Stress," 20 Nov. 2018 After such an event, people often feel less stressed, less tired, even euphoric. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Using Fear to Break Out of a Funk," 24 Sep. 2018 People get very stressed out about trying to choose something for others, and with a registry, the stress leaves and people can be generous without having to feel anxious. Nora Deligter, Vogue, "On the Registry: The Founder of Picture Room Still Treasures the Swedish Broom She Got After Her “30-Second Wedding”," 1 Aug. 2018 Although stress is a common and valid emotion, feeling stressed is not the same thing as feeling anxious or having clinical anxiety. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How to Cope With Stress," 1 Nov. 2018 Another teacher described feeling more stressed about how to respond to the situation than the situation itself. Michael Boren,, "Would you have spoken up during Starbucks arrest of two black men? White teachers at a Delaware County school debate," 25 Apr. 2018 And younger neighbors are often stressed with work and kids. Robert Weisman,, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 7 July 2018 An unexpected frost will kill plants, and the vines grow slowly and become stressed in cool conditions. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of stressed

1973, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stressed

: feeling very worried or anxious

: having a lot of physical pressure or force on it

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