- 1upset and anxious He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions.
- 2suffering pain; in a poor physical condition When the baby was born, it was blue and distressed.
- 3(of a piece of clothing or furniture) made to look older and more worn than it really is a distressed leather jacket
- 4 (formal or business) having problems caused by lack of money They buy up financially distressed companies. The charity helps kids in distressed situations. a map showing economically distressed areas in the state