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noun
the stress pattern or patterns associated with words as arranged in sentences in a particular language.
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Also called sense stress, sentence accent.
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Origin of sentence stress

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for sentence stress

sentence stress

noun
the stress given to a word or words in a sentence, often conveying nuances of meaning or emphasis
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