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Definition of strained adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1showing the effects of worry or pressure synonym tense Her face looked strained and weary. He spoke in a low, strained voice.
  2. 2(of a situation) not relaxed or friendly synonym tense There was a strained atmosphere throughout the meeting. Relations between the two families are strained.
  3. 3not natural; produced by a deliberate effort synonym forced She gave a strained laugh.
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