From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstrainedstrained /streɪnd/ adjective 🔊 🔊 1NERVOUSa strained situation or behaviour is not relaxed, natural, or friendly syn tense 🔊 I couldn’t stand the strained atmosphere at dinner anymore. 🔊 the increasingly strained relations between the French and German governments2WORRIEDshowing the effects of worry or too much work 🔊 Nina’s voice sounded strained. 🔊 Alex’s pale, strained face
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strained• Lesley-Jane looked strained and peaky and her performance was once again subdued.• I couldn't stand the strainedatmosphere at dinner anymore.• The strained atmosphere at the dinner made it difficult to chat with people.• The meeting took place in a strained atmosphere.• Our relationship became very strained because I had refused to lend him money.• Since my father's affair things have been very strained between him and my mother.• a strainedexpression• Ruth looked away from Fernando's strainedfeatures.• Enemas and suppositories may be of use but habitual use of these can create an unhappy and strained parent-child relationship.• Will my hon. Friend look at the matter in light of the presentstrained position in the jobs market?• Its very awkwardness symbolises the strained relationship.• After the argument there was a strainedsilence.• She had difficultyattending to Mrs Browning's questions and replied in a strainedvoice.strained atmosphere• It made for a somewhat strained atmosphere, but as a company they were used to that.