strained

adjective \ ˈstrānd \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

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

  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.

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First Known Use of strained

circa 1542

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STRAINED Defined for English Language Learners

strained

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

adjective \ ˈstrānd \

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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