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Meaning of “strain” - Learner’s Dictionary

strain

verb     /streɪn/
TRY HARD [I, T]
to try hard to do something, usually to see or hear something: [+ to do sth] I had to strain to hear the music.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effortTrying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
INJURE [T]
B2 to injure part of your body by using it too much: I think I've strained a muscle.Disorders of muscles and the nervous system
CAUSE PROBLEMS [T]
to cause problems for a situation or relationship: The incident has strained relations between the two countries.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
MONEY [T]
to cause too much of something to be used, especially money: The war is straining the defence budget.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
SEPARATE [T]
to separate solids from a liquid by pouring the mixture into a container with small holes in it: Strain the sauce to remove the seeds and skins.Preparing foodPreparing food using heat
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