[ UK /dɪstɹˈɛst/ ]
[ US /dɪˈstɹɛst/ ]
  1. generalized feeling of distress
  2. afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief
    too upset to say anything
    worried parents
    a worried frown
    spent many disquieted moments
    distressed about her son's leaving home
    one last worried check of the sleeping children
    lapsed into disturbed sleep
  3. facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty
    distressed companies need loans and technical advice
    we were hard put to meet the mortgage payment
    financially hard-pressed Mexican hotels are lowering their prices
    found themselves in a bad way financially
  4. suffering severe physical strain or distress
    he dropped out of the race, clearly distressed and having difficulty breathing
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How To Use distressed In A Sentence

  • And it was perhaps insensitive to try to sell pet funerals to distressed purchasers. Times, Sunday Times
  • When we arrived she was in such a distressed state that we had to treat it with the upmost seriousness.
  • The poor little mite was obviously distressed and was hobbling around on its good leg, often resting on the ground.
  • After much blundering and backing, it stopped at the door: rolling heavily from side to side when its other motion had ceased, as if it had taken cold in its damp stable, and between that, and the having been required in its dropsical old age to move at any faster pace than a walk, were distressed by shortness of wind. American Notes for General Circulation
  • Mum sounded very alarmed and distressed and told me to lock the doors. The Sun
  • But now the first of five translucent duplex and triplex apartments in the building at 1055 Park Ave. has just gone into contract at what brokers say was a distressed price for the prime location — less than $1,850 a square foot. Glass Condo, Rock-Bottom Price
  • The dog trapped poorly, ran disappointingly, and when I met Marlyn with the dog at the trackside, I immediately noticed he was over duly distressed.
  • She was too exhausted and distressed to talk about the tragedy.
  • The club's former cloakroom attendant has been given the crazed grin of a bunny boiler and arms that seem more like distressed eels than human limbs. Times, Sunday Times
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