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Definition of "Distress" :

noun: the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim

"Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien."

noun: psychological suffering

"The death of his wife caused him great distress."

noun: extreme physical pain

"The patient appeared to be in distress."

noun: a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

"A ship in distress."

verb: cause mental pain to

"The news of her child's illness distressed the mother."

verb: bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship