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What is Word Stress?

When a word has more than two syllables in English, one syllable will receive more importance than the others when it is pronounced. This is the syllable that receives the primary word stress. This means that, compared to the other ones, the vowel sound of that syllable will be slightly:
  • louder,
  • longer,
  • at a higher pitch.

Word Lists

All words
Top 1000 most frequent words
1000-2000 most frequent words
2000-3000 most frequent words
New Academic Word List


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Which words are used?

The top 3000 most frequent words come from the New General Service LIst .

The New Academic Word List comes from

Of course, words of one syllable have been removed.

Why not listing more definitions?

The aim of this page is to focus on word stress. This is not a dictionary and doesn't intend to become one.

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