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 While at the fundraiser for distressed designers hosted by Harlem’s Fashion Row, 10 minutes seemed to be the outer limit for a conversation with any one of the myriad speakers. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Inside the virtual fashion party scene, where supermodels may materialize and your clothes don’t matter," 30 June 2020 The owners of Hin Leong Trading claim unfair treatment after a report alleged serious accounting irregularities at the distressed-energy trader. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Picking up the Last Mile; Charging for Inventory; Wine Imports Corked," 26 June 2020 Gasping noises, distressed breathing and loud snorting could be heard over the phone as Mattioli struggled to communicate with dispatchers while also restraining Acevedo. Genevieve Redsten, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family of Joel Acevedo says how Milwaukee is handling prosecution of police officer who put man in fatal chokehold is 'a disgrace'," 25 June 2020 While in this distressed state, Polanco is said to have charged at an officer with her fist out, hitting their arm. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Report: Jail Officials Placed Layleen Polanco in Solitary Confinement Despite Health Concerns, Failed in Duty of Care," 24 June 2020 Nick Shephard shouted at a distressed man who appeared on the video screen, holding a baby close to a freeway's ledge. NBC News, "A Florida sheriff adopted Scottish police training. Now his deputies use force less often.," 23 June 2020 The iconic skinny jean gets a modern update with distressed details at the ankles and thighs. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Shop one-day deals on Adidas, Cole Haan and Levi’s at Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 22 June 2020 Unsurprisingly, companies in the most distressed industries were most likely to have taken assistance. The Economist, "Bartleby Waging war on recessions," 20 June 2020 Bain Capital Credit has closed a new distressed debt and special situations fund, with more than $3.2 billion in commitments, according to Jeff Robinson, one of the firm’s heads. BostonGlobe.com, "Netflix’s Hastings donates $120m to fund Black education efforts," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of distressed

1613, in the meaning defined above

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“Distressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distressed. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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