v. dis·trained, dis·train·ing, dis·trains
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.
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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
dis·trainor, dis·trainer n.
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