verb (used with object)

  1. to constrain by seizing and holding goods, etc., in pledge for rent, damages, etc., or in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim.
  2. to levy a distress upon.

verb (used without object)

  1. to levy a distress.


  1. law a person whose property has been seized by way of distraint


  1. law to seize (personal property) by way of distress

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