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Definition of strained

1 : done or produced with excessive effort
2 : pushed by antagonism near to open conflict strained relations

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 The Yankees have already lost a high-leverage setup man in Chad Green, who exited a May 19 game at Camden Yards due to a strained forearm and later underwent season ending Tommy John surgery. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 Renfroe has been out since June 26 with a strained left calf. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 9 July 2022 McCullers has been sidelined since spring training with a strained right forearm. ... Ronald Blum, Chron, 25 June 2022 However, for a pitcher like Buehler who had already undergone Tommy John surgery, a strained forearm is a huge caution light. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Arguably the biggest reason the Mavs are still playing in this postseason is Brunson, who was had some big games when Doncic missed the first three contests of the Jazz series with a strained calf. oregonlive, 3 May 2022 Doncic also missed three games of the Mavs-Jazz series because of a strained calf before returning for Game 4 and tipping the scales in favor of Dallas. Mark Heim |, al, 2 May 2022 The shooting guard has missed the Utah Jazz’s past five games with a concussion, while the center suffered a strained calf late in Sunday’s loss to the Warriors. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Jan. 2022 Redshirt senior Joey Hauser sat against Eastern Michigan with a strained calf. Jayna Bardahl, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of strained

circa 1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Strained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈstrānd How to pronounce strained (audio) \

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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