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noun [uncountable] distress pronunciation in British English /dɪˈstres/
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  1. 1
    a feeling that you have when you are very unhappy, worried, or upset
    I wouldn’t want to cause her any distress.
    in distress: She’d arrived on Gina’s doorstep in obvious distress.
  2. 3
    a situation in which a ship, aircraft etc is in great danger and likely to sink or crash
    a distress call/signal/flare
    in distress: a message from a ship in distress
  3. 4
    an unpleasant and difficult situation caused by a lack of money, food, or other basic things
    in distress: In some regions of our country, people are in genuine economic distress.

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