|1.||[ noun ] (psychology) psychological suffering|
"the death of his wife caused him great distress"
|Related terms:||pain anguish tsoris wound self-torture suffer|
|2.||[ noun ] a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)|
"a ship in distress" "she was the classic maiden in distress"
|Related terms:||adversity anguish pressure throe|
|3.||[ noun ] a strong feeling of anxiety|
"his worry over the prospect of being fired" "it is not work but worry that kills" "he wanted to die and end his troubles"
|Related terms:||anxiety worry perturb|
|4.||[ verb ] cause mental pain to|
"The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"
|Related terms:||disturb besiege|
|5.||[ noun ] (medicine) extreme physical pain|
"the patient appeared to be in distress"
|6.||[ noun ] (law) the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim|