Meaning of “distress” - Learner’s Dictionary

distress

noun [ U ] uk us /dɪˈstres/
UPSET

the feeling of being extremely upset or worried:

The newspaper reports caused her a great deal of distress.
DANGER

a situation in which someone is in danger and needs help:

an aircraft in distress

(Definition of “distress noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)