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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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Homebuyers tend to be over budget and over stressed, according to a survey of a thousand people conducted by Lawnstarter. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Texans go $17,000 over budget with home purchases," 5 June 2019 And marriages can become very stressed when kids come into the bed, especially when one partner leaves the bed to make room. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How to Share a Bed (And Still Sleep Through the Night)," 3 May 2019 This no-frills sunscreen from Walgreens contains glycerin and aloe vera to hydrate and soothe stressed-out skin. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, ""Consumer Reports" Just Dropped Its List of Best Sunscreens for Summer 2019," 2 May 2019 There were three very stressed out, hung over looking people. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "I Went to the Fyre Festival and All I Got Was This Third-Degree Sunburn," 26 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of stressed

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stressed was in 1973

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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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