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1 strain /ˈstreɪn/ noun
plural strains
1 strain
/ˈstreɪn/
noun
plural strains
Learner's definition of STRAIN
: a feeling of stress and worry that you have because you are trying to do too much, are dealing with a difficult problem, etc.
[count]
[noncount]
: something that is very difficult to deal with and that causes harm or trouble
[count]
[noncount]
: a force that pulls or stretches something : stress
[count]
usually singular
[noncount]
: an injury to a body part or muscle that is caused by too much tension, effort, or use
[count]
[noncount]
compare 3strain
2 strain /ˈstreɪn/ verb
strains; strained; straining
2 strain
/ˈstreɪn/
verb
strains; strained; straining
Learner's definition of STRAIN
[+ object] : to injure (a body part or muscle) by too much tension, use, or effort
compare sprain
: to try very hard to do or get something
[no object]
often + for
often followed by to + verb
[+ object]
: to be pulled or stretched in a forceful way
[no object]
[+ object]
sometimes used figuratively
[no object] : to pull hard on or push hard against something + at or against
sometimes used figuratively
[+ object] : to cause problems or trouble for (something)
[+ object] : to separate a liquid from solid pieces by using a special device (called a strainer)

strain yourself

: to injure yourself by making your muscles do too much work
: to put a lot of physical or mental effort into doing something
3 strain /ˈstreɪn/ noun
plural strains
3 strain
/ˈstreɪn/
noun
plural strains
Learner's definition of STRAIN
[count] : a group of closely related plants or animals : variety often + of
[count] literary + somewhat old-fashioned : a usually bad quality that someone or something has usually singular usually + of
[singular] formal + literary : a small amount of something
[count] : a kind or sort of something usually + of
strains [plural] formal : the musical sounds of someone or something
compare 1strain
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