distrain

verb
dis·​train | \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

Other Words from distrain

distrainable \-​ˈstrā-​nə-​bəl \ adjective
distrainer \-​ˈstrā-​nər \ or less commonly distrainor \-​ˈstrā-​nər, -​ˌstrā-​ˈnȯr \ noun

First Known Use of distrain

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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distrain

verb
dis·​train | \di-ˈstrān \

Legal Definition of distrain 

transitive verb

1 : to force or compel to satisfy an obligation by means of a distress

2 : to seize by distress — compare enter

intransitive verb

: to levy a distress

Other Words from distrain

distrainable adjective
distrainer \-​ˈstrā-​nər \ or distrainor \di-​ˈstrā-​nər, ˌdis-​trā-​ˈnōr \ noun

History and Etymology for distrain

Anglo-French destreindre, literally, to constrict, force, from Old French, from Late Latin distringere to hinder, punish, from Latin, to pull in different directions, distract, from dis- apart + stringere to draw tight

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