US: /dɪˈstɹɛs/
UK: /dɪstɹˈɛs/

English Vietnamese dictionary

distress /dis'tres/
  • danh từ
    • nỗi đau buồn, nỗi đau khổ, nỗi đau đớn
    • cảnh khốn cùng, cảnh túng quẫn, cảnh gieo neo
    • tai hoạ, cảnh hiểm nghèo, cảnh hiểm nguy
      • a signal of distress: tín hiệu báo lâm nguy
    • tình trạng kiệt sức, tình trạng mệt lả, tình trạng mệt đứt hơi
    • (pháp lý) sự tịch biên
    • ngoại động từ
      • làm đau buồn, làm đau khổ, làm đau đớn
      • làm lo âu, làm lo lắng
      • bắt chịu gian nan, bắt chịu khốn khổ
      • làm kiệt sức

    Advanced English dictionary

    noun, verb
    + noun [U]
    1 a feeling of great worry or unhappiness; great suffering: The newspaper article caused the actor considerable distress. + She was obviously in distress after the attack. + deep emotional distress
    2 suffering and problems caused by not having enough money, food, etc: economic / financial distress + The charity aims to relieve poverty and distress caused by natural disasters.
    3 a situation in which a ship, plane, etc. is in danger or difficulty and needs help: a distress signal (= a message asking for help) + It is a rule of the sea to help another boat in distress.
    Idioms see DAMSEL
    + verb [VN] to make sb feel very worried or unhappy: It was clear that the letter had deeply distressed her. + Don't distress yourself (= don't worry).

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 anguish, anxiety, affliction, angst, grief, misery, torment, ache, pain, suffering, agony, torture, woe, woefulness, wretchedness; unhappiness, sorrow, sadness, depression, heartache, desolation:
    It is impossible to imagine the distress of a bereaved parent.
    2 calamity, trouble, adversity, catastrophe, tragedy, misfortune, difficulty, hardship, straits, trial, disaster:
    Has he no sympathy for the distresses that have beset his people?
    3 bother, disturb, perturb, upset, trouble, worry, harrow, harry, vex, harass, plague, oppress, grieve, torment, torture, afflict:
    The thought of Miss Camberley as a hostage distressed us all.

    Collocation dictionary


    acute, considerable, deep, extreme, great, immense, severe | genuine, real | obvious | unnecessary | emotional, mental, personal, physical, psychological
    the physical distress of thirst and hunger the personal distress associated with unemployment
    | economic, financial, social
    The causes of social distress include inadequate housing.


    cause (sb) | feel, suffer
    the distress that she felt when her parents argued The animals suffer great pain and distress when hunted.
    | show (signs of)
    She seemed calm and showed no signs of distress.
    | conceal
    He tried to conceal his distress, but the tremor in his voice was unmistakable.
    | avoid | alleviate, ease, relieve


    call, signal
    The sinking ship sent out a distress call.


    in ~
    The child was clearly in distress. a ship in distress
    | to sb's ~
    He dropped out of college, to his family's distress.
    | ~ at
    her obvious distress at hearing such bad news
    | ~ over
    The president issued a statement expressing her distress over the affair.


    a damsel in distress
    medieval ballads about a knight saving a damsel in distress
    | a source of distress
    Grief over ageing is a source of distress to men and women.

    Concise English dictionary

    +psychological suffering
    +a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
    +extreme physical pain
    +the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
    +cause mental pain to