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