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Friday November 08, 2002

Distress defined

dis�tress Pronunciation Key (d-strs) tr.v. dis�tressed, dis�tress�ing, dis�tress�es

1. To cause strain, anxiety, or suffering to. See Synonyms at trouble.

2. Law. To hold the property of (a person) against the payment of debts.

3. To mar or otherwise treat (an object or fabric, for example) to give the appearance of an antique or of heavy prior use: �There are the fakesnew rugs which have been intentionally distressed for an older look� (Hatfield MA Valley Advocate).

4. Archaic. To constrain or overcome by harassment.