Meaning of distrain

dis•train

Pronunciation: (di-strān'), [key]
— Law. Law.
—v.t.
  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.
—v.i.
  1. to levy a distress.
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