distress collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈstres/

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an unhappy, worried, or upset feeling

Adjectives frequently used with distress
severe: acute, considerable, deep, extreme, great, severe, significant, substantialNoise from neighbours can cause severe distress to people who have to listen to it.unnecessary: undue, unnecessaryI would like to offer my sincere apologies for causing you any undue distress.emotional: emotional, mental, psychologicalWe can help you to cope with any emotional distress that may arise during treatment.
Verbs frequently used with distress
cause distress: cause (someone), inflict, occasionThe distress occasioned by his situation could make him very ill.experience distress: endure, experience, feel, sufferI very much regret the distress suffered by Mrs Atkinson, and the sadness caused to her family.

Usage note

If you are in distress, you are feeling very unhappy, worried, or upset: When she arrived, she was in obvious distress.

reduce distress: alleviate, ease, minimize, reduce, relieveThe aim is not to cure the patient, but to alleviate distress and pain.increase distress: aggravate, exacerbate, increaseThis change has greatly increased the distress caused to victims.

Nouns + of frequently used before distress
cry, expression, feeling, sign, signal, symptomThe child showed no signs of distress when her mother left.
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