dis·​tressed | \ di-ˈstrest How to pronounce distressed (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The 2008 financial crisis was a clear economic crisis that led to valuations being drastically distressed. Shimon Shkury, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Later that evening, Thomas became acutely distressed and begged his brothers to let his friend back into the fraternity. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 In addition, Leininger said another of the rental properties is currently distressed with the city looking at its options to save the home before putting it up for sale. John Benson, cleveland, 24 Feb. 2021 The aim of the grants is to redevelop distressed housing, boost social services and improve public spaces in neighborhoods. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2021 Alden, a specialist in distressed assets, has focused on the newspaper business in recent years, and the 41-year-old Mr. Freeman is the low-profile firm’s most public face. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Investors, seeing opportunities to buy distressed assets at bargain prices, have swooped in over the past decade, with plans to make money by drastically cutting costs, laying off workers, combining operations and selling off real estate holdings. New York Times, 21 May 2021 Usually, overall growth follows a wide trend of distressed assets selling first. Shimon Shkury, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The projects would target economically distressed neighborhoods where Black and Latino people are disproportionately affected by gun violence. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of distressed

1613, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2021

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“Distressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distressed. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of distressed

: feeling or showing extreme unhappiness or pain
somewhat formal : 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


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