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strained

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adjective \ˈstrānd\

Simple Definition of strained

  • : feeling or showing the effect of too much work, use, effort, etc.

  • : not natural and sincere

  • : not friendly and relaxed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of strained

  1. 1 :  done or produced with excessive effort

  2. 2 :  pushed by antagonism near to open conflict <strained relations>

Examples of strained in a sentence

  1. He made a strained attempt at being polite.

  2. <I took the complaint manager's strained smile to mean I wasn't a welcome sight.>



Circa 1542

First Known Use of strained

circa 1542


STRAINED Defined for Kids

strained

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adjective \ˈstrānd\

Definition of strained for Students

  1. 1 :  showing the effects of worry and concern <a strained voice>

  2. 2 :  not easy or natural <a strained smile>

  3. 3 :  not friendly or relaxed <Relations between the countries are strained.>





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