Simple Definition of distressed
: feeling or showing extreme unhappiness or pain
: not having enough money : experiencing financial trouble
—used to describe something (such as a piece of clothing or furniture) that has been made to look old or to look like something that has been used a lot
Full Definition of distressed
: of, relating to, or experiencing economic decline or difficulty <federal grants for distressed cities>
Examples of distressed in a sentence
She felt emotionally and physically distressed.
The government provided funds to the economically distressed city.
Donations were given to financially distressed families.
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