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  • 1 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.)… …

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  • 2 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 …

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  • 3 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] …

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

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  • 5 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,… …

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

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  • 7 strained — [strānd] adj. not natural or relaxed; forced …

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  • 8 strained — con·strained·ly; con·strained·ness; re·strained; strained; un·strained; strained·ly; strained·ness; …

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

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  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 strained — UK [streɪnd] / US 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.… …

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  • 13 strained — adjective 1 a situation or behaviour that is strained makes people feel nervous and uncomfortable, and unable to behave naturally; tense 1 (1): I couldn t stand the strained atmosphere at dinner anymore. 2 showing the effects of worry or too much …

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  • 14 strained — adjective 1) relations between them were strained Syn: awkward, tense, uneasy, uncomfortable, edgy, difficult, troubled Ant: friendly 2) Jean s strained face Syn …

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  • 15 strained — adjective /stɹeɪnd/ a) Forced through a strainer. Babies don’t seem to like strained peas, even though the puree is easy for them to eat and digest. b) Under tension; tense. Ever since the fight our relation has been strained …

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  • 16 strained — adjective 1) relations were strained Syn: awkward, tense, uneasy, uncomfortable, edgy, difficult, troubled 2) a strained smile Syn: forced, unnatural, artificial, insincere …

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  • 17 strained — [streɪnd] adj 1) not relaxed or friendly a strained atmosphere/silence[/ex] 2) done only by trying hard, in a way that is not natural a strained smile[/ex] …

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  • 18 strained — [[t]streɪnd[/t]] adj. produced by effort; not natural or spontaneous; forced: strained hospitality[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400 strained′ly, adv …

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  • 19 strained — 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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  • 20 strained — strainedly /straynd lee, stray nid /, adv. strainedness, n. /straynd/, adj. affected or produced by effort; not natural or spontaneous; forced: strained hospitality. [1350 1400; ME; see STRAIN1, ED2] * * * …

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