1 worried and tense
be, feel, look, seem, sound
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

She looked rather strained and miserable.

a little, slightly, etc.
2 not natural or friendly
become, grow

The atmosphere remained somewhat strained all evening.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.

Relations between us were rather strained.


Relations between the two countries had become severely strained.

a little, slightly, etc.

Their already strained relationship was made worse by this incident.

Strained is used with these nouns: ↑atmosphere, ↑muscle, ↑relation, ↑relationship, ↑silence, ↑voice

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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