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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 in a Sentence

He made a strained attempt at being polite. I took the complaint manager's strained smile to mean I wasn't a welcome sight.
Recent Examples on the Web McNeil hasn’t played since May 16 because of a strained left hamstring., 8 June 2021 Engel went 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch in the 3-0 victory, his first game of the season after recovering from a strained right hamstring. Lamond Pope,, 6 June 2021 That could be bad news for the Nets and Harden, who missed 21 of the final 24 regular-season games with a strained hamstring. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 6 June 2021 And, don't forget, Wong spent time on the IL in April with a strained oblique. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2021 Walker is on his second injured list stay due to a strained right oblique. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2021 Starting with Kolten Wong's strained oblique on April 10, Milwaukee has sent 11 different players to the IL and 19 players since the start of spring training. Andrew Wagner, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Anderson, sidelined the past two weeks with a strained left oblique, hit his second homer of the season in the first inning off Riley Smith. Steven Wine,, 4 May 2021 Closer Julian Merryweather went on the 10-day IL with a strained left oblique. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of strained

circa 1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of strained was circa 1542

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13 Jun 2021

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“Strained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strained

: feeling or showing the effect of too much work, use, effort, etc.
: not natural and sincere
: not friendly and relaxed


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Kids Definition of strained

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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