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strained

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strained

verb
past tense of strain

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1 to injure by overuse, misuse, or pressure
  • in order to lift something heavy, squat down and lift with your legs, or you'll strain your back

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2 to pass through a filter
  • better strain that coffee thoroughly to get all the grounds out

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4 to flow forth slowly through small openings
  • put the cooked fruit in a cheesecloth bag and let the juice strain into a pan

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5 to subject (a personal quality or faculty) to often excessive stress
  • strained her memory but the name just wouldn't come to her

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6 to draw tight
  • the dog strained its leash trying to get to the cat

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7 to put one's arms around and press tightly
  • the woman tenderly strained to her breast the child that she had long ago given up for dead

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The first known use of strained was circa 1542

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“Strained.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/strained. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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