Definition Of distress


another term for distraint.

cause (someone) anxiety, sorrow, or pain.

I didn't mean to distress you

extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain.

to his distress he saw that she was trembling

give (furniture, leather, or clothing) simulated marks of age and wear.

the manner in which leather jackets are industrially distressed

Example Of distress

  • "We're picking up a distress beacon, " he explained.

  • a distress call

  • A charity for the homeless is marking ten years of relieving poverty and distress in the Chorley area.

  • a company in financial distress

  • A National Grid spokesman said today that the company did not wish to cause any distress or financial hardship to Mrs Craven.

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