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dis·train

 (dĭ-strān′)
v. dis·trained, dis·train·ing, dis·trains Law
v.tr.
1. To seize and hold (property) to compel payment or reparation, as of debts.
2. To seize the property of (a person) in order to compel payment of debts; distress.
v.intr.
To levy a distress.

[Middle English distreinen, from Old French destreindre, destreign-, from Medieval Latin distringere, distrinct-, from Latin, to hinder : dis-, apart; see dis- + stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·train′a·ble adj.
dis·train′ment n.
dis·trai′nor, dis·train′er n.

distrain

(dɪˈstreɪn)
vb
(Law) law to seize (personal property) by way of distress
[C13: from Old French destreindre, from Latin distringere to impede, from dis-1 + stringere to draw tight]
disˈtrainable adj
disˈtrainment n
disˈtrainor, disˈtrainer n

dis•train

(dɪˈstreɪn)
v.t.
1. to seize and hold goods, etc., of (another) in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim for damages, unpaid rent, etc.
v.i.
2. to levy a distress.
[1250–1300; Middle English distreinen < Anglo-French, Old French destreindre < Latin distringere to stretch out =di- di-2 + stringere to draw tight; see strain1]
dis•trai′nor, dis•train′er, n.

distrain


Past participle: distrained
Gerund: distraining

Imperative
distrain
distrain
Present
I distrain
you distrain
he/she/it distrains
we distrain
you distrain
they distrain
Preterite
I distrained
you distrained
he/she/it distrained
we distrained
you distrained
they distrained
Present Continuous
I am distraining
you are distraining
he/she/it is distraining
we are distraining
you are distraining
they are distraining
Present Perfect
I have distrained
you have distrained
he/she/it has distrained
we have distrained
you have distrained
they have distrained
Past Continuous
I was distraining
you were distraining
he/she/it was distraining
we were distraining
you were distraining
they were distraining
Past Perfect
I had distrained
you had distrained
he/she/it had distrained
we had distrained
you had distrained
they had distrained
Future
I will distrain
you will distrain
he/she/it will distrain
we will distrain
you will distrain
they will distrain
Future Perfect
I will have distrained
you will have distrained
he/she/it will have distrained
we will have distrained
you will have distrained
they will have distrained
Future Continuous
I will be distraining
you will be distraining
he/she/it will be distraining
we will be distraining
you will be distraining
they will be distraining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been distraining
you have been distraining
he/she/it has been distraining
we have been distraining
you have been distraining
they have been distraining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been distraining
you will have been distraining
he/she/it will have been distraining
we will have been distraining
you will have been distraining
they will have been distraining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been distraining
you had been distraining
he/she/it had been distraining
we had been distraining
you had been distraining
they had been distraining
Conditional
I would distrain
you would distrain
he/she/it would distrain
we would distrain
you would distrain
they would distrain
Past Conditional
I would have distrained
you would have distrained
he/she/it would have distrained
we would have distrained
you would have distrained
they would have distrained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.distrain - levy a distress on
levy, impose - impose and collect; "levy a fine"
2.distrain - confiscate by distress
confiscate, impound, sequester, seize, attach - take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; "The FBI seized the drugs"; "The customs agents impounded the illegal shipment"; "The police confiscated the stolen artwork"
3.distrain - legally take something in place of a debt payment
reclaim, repossess - claim back
Translations

distrain

[dɪsˈtreɪn] VI (Jur) to distrain uponsecuestrar, embargar

distrain

vi (Jur) to distrain upon somebody’s goodsjds Eigentum beschlagnahmen