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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.

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Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was put on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right side., "Patriots owner Robert Kraft deposed in Colin Kaepernick case," 19 May 2018 Martin Prado’s on-base plus slugging percentage in the eight games since returning from a strained right hamstring. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0," 14 July 2018 Since the start of the 2017 season, Syndergaard has thrown only 100 innings because of a latissimus tear and the injury that put him on the disabled list most recently, a strained ligament of his right index finger, on his throwing hand. James Wagner, New York Times, "Syndergaard Returns for Five Innings in Mets’ Win Over Nationals," 13 July 2018 To make matters worse, Avila went on the 10-day disabled list on June 27 with a strained right hamstring. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks activate struggling catcher Alex Avila from disabled list," 7 July 2018 Orioles reliever Darren O'Day saw a specialist in Nashville on Friday for a second opinion on his strained left hamstring, and was deciding whether to undergo surgery to repair it. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles notes: Darren O'Day has second opinion on hamstring, surgery possible," 29 June 2018 In 11 games since returning from a strained elbow ligament that left him unable to throw the ball effectively from the outfield and made swinging a painful exercise, Renfroe has essentially won three games for the Padres. Kevin Acee,, "Padres' Renfroe again provides late lift in win over Marlins," 9 June 2018 On Tuesday, the Mets placed ace Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list with a strained ligament in his right index finger. Jenna West,, "Fire at Citi Field Sums Up Mets' Season Perfectly," 30 May 2018 Brown started at shooting guard after coming off the bench in the previous three games because of a strained right hamstring. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' magical season ended by Celtics in NBA playoffs," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of strained

circa 1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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