strain

verb

  • 1

    Force (a part of one's body or oneself) to make an unusually great effort.

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  • 2

    Pour (a mainly liquid substance) through a porous or perforated device or material in order to separate out any solid matter.

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noun

  • 3

    A severe or excessive demand on the strength, resources, or abilities of someone or something.

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  • 4

    A force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree.

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  • 5

    A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

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Origin

Old English strīon ‘acquisition, gain’, of Germanic origin; related to Latin struere ‘to build up’.

Middle English (as a verb): from Old French estreindre, from Latin stringere ‘draw tight’. Current senses of the noun arose in the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation

  • strain /streɪn/