adjective Date: circa 1542 1. done or produced with excessive effort 2. pushed by antagonism near to open conflict <
strained relations

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  • strained — [streınd] adj 1.) a strained situation or behaviour is not relaxed, natural, or friendly = ↑tense ▪ I couldn t stand the strained atmosphere at dinner any more. ▪ the increasingly strained relations between the French and German governments 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • strained — [ streınd ] adjective 1. ) not relaxed or friendly: Relations between the two countries are strained. a strained atmosphere/silence 2. ) not natural and produced with some effort: Zoe felt horribly anxious but managed to force a strained smile. 3 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Strained — Strained, a. 1. Subjected to great or excessive tension; wrenched; weakened; as, strained relations between old friends. [1913 Webster] 2. Done or produced with straining or excessive effort; as, his wit was strained. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strained — *forced, labored, farfetched Analogous words: tense, taut, *tight: *artificial, factitious: unnatural (see IRREGULAR): *stiff, rigid, inflexible, wooden …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • strained — [adj] forced, pretended artificial, at end of rope*, awkward, choked, constrained, difficult, embarrassed, false, farfetched, hard put*, in a state*, labored, nervous wreck*, put, self conscious, stiff, strung out*, taut, tense, tight,… …   New thesaurus

  • strained — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not relaxed or comfortable; showing signs of strain. 2) produced by deliberate effort; artificial or laboured …   English terms dictionary

  • strained — [strānd] adj. not natural or relaxed; forced …   English World dictionary

  • strained — con·strained·ly; con·strained·ness; re·strained; strained; un·strained; strained·ly; strained·ness; …   English syllables

  • strained — adj. 1 worried and tense VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem, sound ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …   Collocations dictionary

  • strained — [[t]stre͟ɪnd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If someone s appearance, voice, or behaviour is strained, they seem worried and nervous. She looked a little pale and strained... Gil sensed something wrong from her father s strained voice... His laughter seemed a …   English dictionary

  • Strained — Strain Strain, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Strained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Straining}.] [OF. estraindre, estreindre, F. [ e]treindre, L. stringere to draw or bind tight; probably akin to Gr. ? a halter, ? that which is squeezwd out, a drop, or perhaps to E …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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