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English definition of “strained”

strained

adjective     /streɪnd/
NOT RELAXED showing that someone is nervous or anxious : We had a rather strained conversation .Anxious and worried
DIFFICULT If a relationship is strained, problems are spoiling that relationship : Relations are still strained between the two countries . They have a rather strained relationship .Anxious and worried
(Definition of strained adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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