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Definition & Synonyms

• Distrain

  1. (v. t.) To subject to distress; to coerce; as, to distrain a person by his goods and chattels.
  2. (v. t.) To seize, as a pledge or indemnification; to take possession of as security for nonpayment of rent, the reparation of an injury done, etc.; to take by distress; as, to distrain goods for rent, or of an amercement.
  3. (v. t.) To press heavily upon; to bear down upon with violence; hence, to constrain or compel; to bind; to distress, torment, or afflict.
  4. (v. i.) To levy a distress.
  5. (v. t.) To rend; to tear.