Translation of "strain" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /streɪn/ us /streɪn/

the feeling of being worried and nervous about something

The strain of the divorce was too much for her.

pressure put on something by a bad situation or by too much weight or force

Their arguments were putting a strain on their marriage.
verb uk /streɪn/ us /streɪn/

to try hard to do something, usually to see or hear something

esforzarse al máximo
I had to strain to hear the music.
We strained our eyes to see the parade.

to hurt part of your body by using it too much

I think I’ve strained a muscle.

(Translation of “strain” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /strein/

to exert oneself or a part of the body to the greatest possible extent

estirar, tensar
They strained at the door, trying to pull it open
He strained to reach the rope.

to injure (a muscle etc ) through too much use, exertion etc

torcerse, hacerse un esguince, hacerse daño (en), forzar
He has strained a muscle in his leg
You’ll strain your eyes by reading in such a poor light.

to force or stretch (too far)

poner a prueba, abusar
The constant interruptions were straining his patience.

to put (eg a mixture) through a sieve etc in order to separate solid matter from liquid

colar, escurrir
She strained the soup.
strained adjective

(of a person’s manner, behaviour/behavior etc) not natural, easy or relaxed

tenso, forzado
a strained smile
a strained relationship between the two women.
strainer noun

a sieve or other utensil for separating solids from liquids

a coffee-/tea-strainer.
strain off phrasal verb

to remove (liquid) from eg vegetables by using a sieve etc

When the potatoes were cooked, she strained off the water.

(Translation of “strain” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)