1) ADJ-GRADED If someone's appearance, voice, or behaviour is strained, they seem worried and nervous.

She looked a little pale and strained...

Gil sensed something wrong from her father's strained voice...

His laughter seemed a little strained.

2) ADJ-GRADED If relations between people are strained, those people do not like or trust each other.

...a period of strained relations between the prime minister and his deputy.

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