Definition of distress verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

distress

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BrE BrE//dɪˈstres//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstres//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distress
BrE BrE//dɪˈstres//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstres//
 
he / she / it distresses
BrE BrE//dɪˈstresɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstresɪz//
 
past simple distressed
BrE BrE//dɪˈstrest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrest//
 
past participle distressed
BrE BrE//dɪˈstrest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstrest//
 
-ing form distressing
BrE BrE//dɪˈstresɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstresɪŋ//
 
 
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to make somebody feel very worried or unhappy distress somebody It was clear that the letter had deeply distressed her. distress yourself Don't distress yourself (= don't worry). Word Origin Middle English: from Old French destresce (noun), destrecier (verb), based on Latin distringere ‘stretch apart’.Extra examples Don’t distress yourself.
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