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.>
First Known Use of strained
STRAINED Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of strained for Students
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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