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Definition of distressed adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1upset and anxious He was too distressed and confused to answer their questions.
  2. 2suffering pain; in a poor physical condition When the baby was born, it was blue and distressed.
  3. 3(of a piece of clothing or furniture) made to look older and more worn than it really is a distressed leather jacket
  4. 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
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