strained

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adjective \ˈstrānd\

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.

Recent Examples of strained from the Web

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Circa 1542

First Known Use of strained

circa 1542


STRAINED Defined for English Language Learners

strained

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adjective

Definition of strained for English Language Learners

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

  • : not natural and sincere

  • : not friendly and relaxed


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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