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distress

noun [U] uk   us   /dɪˈstres/
C1 a feeling of extreme worry, sadness, or pain: She claimed that the way she had been treated at work had caused her extreme emotional and psychological distress. Many of the horses were showing signs of distress at the end of the race.C2 a situation in which you are suffering or are in great danger and therefore in urgent need of help: Six people were rescued by helicopter from a fishing boat in distress off the coast. a distress signal
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verb [T] uk   us   /dɪˈstres/
to make someone feel very upset or worried: I hope I haven't distressed you with all these personal questions.
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