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Definition of stressed

: subjected to or affected by stress The feeling that one must show up for work even if one is too sick, stressed [=stressed-out], or distracted to be productive.— Paul McFedries As important as training is to distance running, the time devoted to repair stressed muscles between races is even more crucial.— Joseph Hall That translates into a drought, and stressed trees are highly susceptible to beetle infestations.— Jim Robbins … the soundscape inside these vehicles, punctuated by mechanical rattles and the groans of stressed metal …— Chris Knight

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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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Don't ever use an ungraded bolt with a blank head on anything more highly stressed than a barbecue. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 One of the principal gatekeepers to housing-finance markets is stepping up scrutiny of nonbank mortgage lenders, concerned that some may not have the financial heft needed to overcome stressed conditions. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Cooling Housing Market Prompts Closer Scrutiny of Some Lenders," 29 Jan. 2019 Intense feeding by these beetles can kill a plant, and they're especially attracted to stressed plants — all the more reason to keep yours healthy and happy. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Growing Crisp Cucumbers," 12 July 2018 The fibers rubbing against your already stressed strands cause friction and even more breakage. Lara Adekola, Teen Vogue, "How to Grow Your Natural Hair," 2 Jan. 2019 In 1967, Colin Chapman made the new Ford DFV V8 engine a fully stressed component of the Lotus 49. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "F1 2018: More than a great game, it’s an interactive history lesson," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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
technical : having a lot of physical pressure or force on it

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