Definition of strained adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//streɪnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//streɪnd//
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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.
  4. Extra examples Relations between us were rather strained. She looked rather strained and miserable. The atmosphere remained somewhat strained all evening. Their already strained relationship was made worse by this incident. I put on my strained smile for the next patiently waiting customer. Relations between the two countries remain strained. The game was played in an atmosphere of strained silence.
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