Definition of distressed in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈstrɛst/


1Suffering from extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain: I was distressed at the news of his death the distressed relatives of his victims
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  • Crisis pregnancy agencies yesterday expressed concern at the physical and mental pain the distressed mother might be suffering.
  • In such cases the general family climate is distressed to the extreme.
  • Because we couldn't find it as the light was fading quickly, Daniel became extremely upset and distressed.
1.1 dated Impoverished: women in distressed circumstances
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  • It was in February 1998 that he set out from his village with the noble objective of serving the poor and distressed.
  • Murillo is well known for his sympathy with his neighbours, the poor and distressed of Seville.
  • They come from the poorest families and the most distressed communities.
1.2 informal, chiefly US (Of property) offered for sale cheaply due to mortgage foreclosure or because it is part of an insolvent estate.
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  • The family finances are strong enough that they could start buying up distressed properties.
  • Indeed, the more private-equity groups crowd around to feed on distressed properties, the more prices go up.
  • As for AMCs, it's unclear whether there will be enough buyers in the market who are interested in purchasing distressed properties.
2(Of furniture or clothing) having simulated marks of age and wear: a distressed leather jacket
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  • Punk motifs, in particular, recur again and again, but only as hollow signifiers on pre-slashed and distressed clothing bought from boutiques.
  • Glossy, worn and distressed leathers complement the hues of the season.
  • Take it down a few notches by ditching the velvet blazer for a military-inspired jacket worn with distressed jeans.

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