\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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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 The study, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology in January, included 135 stressed adults divided into three different groups. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "From Meditation to Medication: Headspace Has a Prescription Strategy," 25 June 2018 More than one third of the population in the world lives in water-stressed regions or is suffering from lack of clean water. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Device Pulls Water Out of Desert Air," 20 June 2018 But mostly, people who have migraines are asked to monitor and watch out for triggers, which can be anything from drinking a glass of wine to being a little too stressed., "The FDA Just Approved A Ground-Breaking Drug For Migraine Sufferers," 18 May 2018 Greece has the highest unemployment rate in Europe — more than 20 percent — and is still grappling with the fallout of the 2008 debt crisis, which left an already-stressed welfaresystem struggling to cope. NBC News, "Young migrants trapped in Greece find that life in West isn't what they hoped for," 15 Apr. 2018 While defense is always stressed first and foremost, the Heat has not slipped in that department during its offensive uptick. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Heat’s offense surging noticeably since Dwyane Wade’s return | Miami Herald," 10 Mar. 2018 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 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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