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strained

adjective \ˈstrānd\

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

: not natural and sincere

: not friendly and relaxed

Full Definition of STRAINED

1
:  done or produced with excessive effort
2
:  pushed by antagonism near to open conflict <strained relations>
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Examples of STRAINED

  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.>

First Known Use of STRAINED

circa 1542

Rhymes with STRAINED

STRAINED Defined for Kids

strained

adjective \ˈstrānd\

Definition of STRAINED for Kids

1
:  showing the effects of worry and concern <a strained voice>
2
:  not easy or natural <a strained smile>
3
:  not friendly or relaxed <Relations between the countries are strained.>

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