distressed

adjective dis·tress·ed \-ˈstrest\

Definition of distressed

  1. :  of, relating to, or experiencing economic decline or difficulty <federal grants for distressed cities>

Examples of distressed in a sentence

  1. She felt emotionally and physically distressed.

  2. The government provided funds to the economically distressed city.

  3. Donations were given to financially distressed families.

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First Known Use of distressed

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DISTRESSED Defined for English Language Learners

distressed

adjective dis·tress·ed \-ˈstrest\

Definition of distressed for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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