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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
Recent Examples on the Web Aetna, the insurance provider, decided to offer mindfulness and other stress-relief activities (including dog petting) after an internal study found that the most stressed-out employees spent $1,500 more a year on health care. Ryan Kost,, "The (over) promise of the mindfulness revolution," 7 Feb. 2020 If buying in person, make sure the plant has its lower leaves, which drop off if it’s been overwatered or otherwise stressed; has no visible damage such as broken stems; and is glossy and upright, not falling over. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Here's How to Care for a Rubber Plant," 29 Jan. 2020 Ensure that these massively stressed and immunocompromised wild animals are in close proximity to domestic and farmed animals. Christian Walzer And Aili Kang, WSJ, "Abolish Asia’s ‘Wet Markets,’ Where Pandemics Breed," 27 Jan. 2020 The couple appeared so stressed out during their daughter’s all-around final performance that one viewer went so far as to launch a GoFundMe campaign to get them a relaxing spa day. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Pump Yourself Up for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games With 5 of the Best Olympics Parent Reactions of All Time," 24 Jan. 2020 But being stressed and having an anxiety disorder are not the same things—and for some, the ‘trendiness’ of anxiety can trivialize the disorder. Sara Radin, Glamour, "Is My Anxiety Normal?," 30 Dec. 2019 The economy is strong — the stock market is up, unemployment is down and inflation is under control — and yet, millions of Americans are stressed about their finances. NBC News, "Does stress have a negative impact on your financial decisions? You're not alone," 3 Feb. 2020 But when people become really stressed, nothing helps them find their way except asking other people. Diane Daniel, New York Times, "Need to Get From Point A to Point B? This Guy Creates the Signs to Help.," 28 Sep. 2019 Since then, many lenders have been forced to make provisions for stressed loans. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "India’s largest bank posted a nearly $1 billion loss in 2019, not $121 million profit as claimed earlier," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of stressed

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Stressed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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