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verb strain pronunciation in American English /streɪn/
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present tense
present participlestraining
past tensestrained
past participlestrained
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to try very hard to do something
    strain to do something: I strained to hear what they were saying.
    strain for: onlookers straining for a view of the celebrity
    strain yourself: I could keep up with him, without straining myself.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make a relationship uncomfortable and not friendly
    Relations between the two nations have been strained since the war.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to injure yourself by twisting or stretching a muscle too much
    I strained a muscle in my shoulder.
    strain your back/eyes: Reading in poor light can strain your eyes.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to separate a solid from a liquid by pouring it into a strainer
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  5. 5
    [intransitive] to pull at something very hard
    strain at: The elephants strained at their ropes.
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    1. a.
      to push against something very hard
      strain against: Tommy was straining against the straps of his car seat.



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