Definition of DISTRESS

noun : DISTRESS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need); "a ship in distress"; "she was the classic maiden in distress" ;

  • 3. (

    ) extreme physical pain; "the patient appeared to be in distress" ;

  • 4. (

    ) the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; "Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien" ;

verb : DISTRESS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother" ;


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