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DISTRESSED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distressed mean? 

DISTRESSED (adjective)
  The adjective DISTRESSED has 4 senses:

1. facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty
2. generalized feeling of distress
3. suffering severe physical strain or distress
4. afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief

  Familiarity information: DISTRESSED used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISTRESSED (adjective)


Sense 1distressed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty

Synonyms:

hard-pressed; hard put; distressed; in a bad way

Context examples:

distressed companies need loans and technical advice / financially hard-pressed Mexican hotels are lowering their prices / we were hard put to meet the mortgage paymentng / it was apparent that the magazine was in trouble / found themselves in a bad way financially

Similar:

troubled (characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need)


Sense 2distressed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Generalized feeling of distress

Synonyms:

dysphoric; distressed; unhappy

Also:

dejected (affected or marked by low spirits)

unhappy (experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent)


Sense 3distressed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suffering severe physical strain or distress

Synonyms:

in a bad way; stressed; distressed

Context examples:

he dropped out of the race, clearly distressed and having difficulty breathing / the victim was in a bad way and needed immediate attention

Similar:

troubled (characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need)


Sense 4distressed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief

Synonyms:

worried; upset; disquieted; disturbed; distressed

Context examples:

too upset to say anything / spent many disquieted moments / distressed about her son's leaving home / lapsed into disturbed sleep / worried parents / a worried frown / one last worried check of the sleeping children

Similar:

troubled (characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need)


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