Definition of distressed in English:


Syllabification: dis·tressed
Pronunciation: /disˈtrest


  • 1Suffering from anxiety, sorrow, or pain: I was distressed at the news of his death
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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(Of furniture, leather, 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.
  • 1.3 informal , chiefly US (Of property) for sale at unusually low prices or at a loss, especially 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.

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