distrain


dis·train

verb \di-ˈstrān\

Definition of DISTRAIN

transitive verb
1
:  to force or compel to satisfy an obligation by means of a distress
2
:  to seize by distress
intransitive verb
:  to levy a distress
dis·train·able \-ˈstrā-nə-bəl\ adjective
dis·train·er \-ˈstrā-nər\ also dis·train·or \-ˈstrā-nər, -ˌstrā-ˈnr\ noun

Origin of DISTRAIN

Middle English distreynen, from Anglo-French destreindre, from Medieval Latin distringere, from Latin, to draw apart, detain, from dis- + stringere to bind tight — more at strain
First Known Use: 14th century

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