Definition of in distress
- He was clearly in distress upon hearing the news.
- She's chosen to devote her life to helping those in distress.
- The ship was in distress.
: seizure and detention of the goods of another as pledge (see 1pledge 1) or to obtain satisfaction of a claim by the sale of the goods seized
: something that is distrained
: pain or suffering affecting the body, a bodily part, or the mind : trouble
: to subject to great strain or difficulties
: to force or overcome by inflicting pain
: to cause to worry or be troubled : upset
: offered for sale at a loss
: involving distress goods
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