Definition of distressed
- federal grants for distressed cities
She felt emotionally and physically distressed.
The government provided funds to the economically distressed city.
Donations were given to financially distressed families.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'distressed.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
: 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
What made you want to look up distressed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).