1. [ noun ] the act of giving special importance or significance to something
Synonyms: accenting emphasizing
Related terms: action stress
2. [ noun ] (rhetoric) the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance
Related terms: stress stress
3. [ noun ] (rhetoric) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
Synonyms: stress accent emphasis

"he put the stress on the wrong syllable"

Related terms: prosody tonic_accent word_stress sentence_stress stress
Similar spelling:   accentuate