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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. strain

    Synonyms:
    stretch, tighten, force, exert, filter, filtrate, percolate, depurate, purify, clarify, defecate, lixiviate

    Antonyms:
    loosen, relax, remit, slacken, thicken, incrassate, inspissate, befoul

Princeton's WordNet

  1. strainnoun

    (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces

    Synonyms:
    tune, melody, form, pains, straining, striving, melodic line, stress, breed, tenor, var., air, variant, line, stock, nisus, nervous strain, melodic phrase, mental strain, song

    Antonyms:
    unlax, relax, loosen up, make relaxed, unstrain, unwind

  2. stress, strainnoun

    difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension

    "she endured the stresses and strains of life"; "he presided over the economy during the period of the greatest stress and danger"- R.J.Samuelson

    Synonyms:
    tune, melody, focus, pains, straining, melodic line, stress, tenseness, form, breed, tenor, tension, emphasis, var., air, variant, nisus, line, accent, stock, striving, nervous strain, melodic phrase, mental strain, song

    Antonyms:
    loosen up, unstrain, unlax, relax, unwind, make relaxed

  3. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrasenoun

    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

    Synonyms:
    aviation, personal credit line, cable, business, billet, stemma, tenor, stress, variant, ancestry, agate line, lineage, crinkle, stock, telephone circuit, pains, seam, breeze, bloodline, melodic phrase, air travel, demarcation, course, crease, melodic line, air, zephyr, short letter, nervous strain, line of products, job, assembly line, contrast, nisus, aura, product line, straining, line of work, blood, bank line, line of merchandise, rail line, personal line of credit, form, melody, song, mental strain, dividing line, transmission line, breed, airwave, line of descent, argumentation, channel, logical argument, phone line, furrow, atmosphere, parentage, wrinkle, descent, blood line, gentle wind, tonal pattern, occupation, line of business, var., pedigree, pipeline, line of credit, line, business line, railway line, striving, subscriber line, origin, communication channel, telephone line, credit line, production line, line of reasoning, tune, note, argument

    Antonyms:
    unlax, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain, relax, loosen up

  4. strain, mental strain, nervous strainnoun

    (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress

    "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"

    Synonyms:
    tune, melody, form, pains, straining, striving, melodic line, stress, breed, tenor, var., air, variant, line, stock, nisus, nervous strain, melodic phrase, mental strain, song

    Antonyms:
    make relaxed, unstrain, unlax, unwind, relax, loosen up

  5. breed, strain, stocknoun

    a special variety of domesticated animals within a species

    "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep"

    Synonyms:
    neckcloth, parentage, pedigree, gillyflower, striving, breed, melodic line, caudex, straining, fund, inventory, melodic phrase, mental strain, tenor, form, descent, stemma, nervous strain, pains, stock certificate, stock, melody, variant, lineage, livestock, broth, origin, tune, line, line of descent, store, song, gunstock, air, bloodline, stress, ancestry, var., nisus, farm animal, blood, blood line

    Antonyms:
    make relaxed, loosen up, relax, unlax, unstrain, unwind

  6. form, variant, strain, var.noun

    (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

    "a new strain of microorganisms"

    Synonyms:
    course, air, figure, flesh, breed, song, frame, shape, kind, conformation, striving, sort, chassis, physical body, straining, chance variable, soma, variation, discrepancy, human body, melodic phrase, mental strain, tenor, contour, grade, cast, form, mannikin, mannequin, physique, phase, melodic line, variance, word form, version, stochastic variable, stock, configuration, class, nervous strain, variant, variate, tune, pattern, bod, signifier, melody, edition, pains, descriptor, line, manikin, variety, stress, anatomy, var., random variable, nisus, material body, manakin, build

    Antonyms:
    loosen up, unwind, unstrain, make relaxed, unlax, relax

  7. strainnoun

    injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain

    Synonyms:
    tune, melody, form, pains, straining, striving, melodic line, stress, breed, tenor, var., air, variant, line, stock, nisus, nervous strain, melodic phrase, mental strain, song

    Antonyms:
    unstrain, loosen up, make relaxed, unlax, relax, unwind

  8. tenor, strainnoun

    the general meaning or substance of an utterance

    "although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"

    Synonyms:
    tune, melody, form, pains, straining, melodic line, stress, breed, tenor, var., air, variant, nisus, line, tenor voice, stock, striving, nervous strain, melodic phrase, mental strain, song

    Antonyms:
    unwind, unlax, unstrain, loosen up, make relaxed, relax

  9. striving, nisus, pains, strainnoun

    an effortful attempt to attain a goal

    Synonyms:
    tune, pains, melody, form, breed, straining, striving, melodic line, stress, nisus, tenor, var., air, variant, line, stock, nervous strain, melodic phrase, mental strain, song

    Antonyms:
    make relaxed, unlax, unwind, relax, loosen up, unstrain

  10. strain, strainingnoun

    an intense or violent exertion

    Synonyms:
    tune, melody, form, pains, straining, striving, melodic line, stress, breed, tenor, twisting, torture, var., air, variant, distortion, overrefinement, line, stock, nisus, nervous strain, melodic phrase, mental strain, song

    Antonyms:
    relax, loosen up, unstrain, unwind, unlax, make relaxed

  11. song, strainverb

    the act of singing

    "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"

    Synonyms:
    tune, vocal, form, pains, straining, melody, stress, breed, tenor, var., air, variant, melodic phrase, line, call, nisus, melodic line, birdcall, stock, striving, nervous strain, birdsong, mental strain, song

    Antonyms:
    unlax, relax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed, unstrain

  12. strive, reach, strainverb

    to exert much effort or energy

    "straining our ears to hear"

    Synonyms:
    touch, strive, progress to, try, hit, arrive at, pass on, attain, filter out, sift, reach, sieve, puree, get hold of, make, extend, get to, gain, give, distort, filter, separate out, achieve, endeavour, pass, deform, reach out, tense up, turn over, accomplish, contact, endeavor, tense, filtrate, stress, extend to, get through, hand

    Antonyms:
    unlax, unstrain, unwind, make relaxed, relax, loosen up

  13. try, strain, stressverb

    test the limits of

    "You are trying my patience!"

    Synonyms:
    punctuate, strive, tense up, deform, try, sample, essay, filter out, test, try out, sift, reach, sieve, puree, examine, extend, seek, try on, filter, accentuate, separate out, adjudicate, render, prove, emphasise, distort, judge, taste, filtrate, attempt, accent, tense, stress, hear, assay, emphasize

    Antonyms:
    relax, unwind, unstrain, loosen up, make relaxed, unlax

  14. strain, extendverb

    use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity

    "He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro"; "Don't strain your mind too much"

    Synonyms:
    strive, deform, try, widen, run, filter out, lead, continue, sift, reach, sieve, poke out, extend, protract, stretch out, draw out, offer, put out, carry, go, separate out, stretch, stretch forth, pass, filter, reach out, distort, unfold, exsert, filtrate, gallop, expand, cover, prolong, tense, stress, tense up, hold out, broaden, puree

    Antonyms:
    make relaxed, unstrain, loosen up, unlax, relax, unwind

  15. sift, sieve, strainverb

    separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements

    "sift the flour"

    Synonyms:
    screen, separate out, reach, filter out, tense up, stress, puree, tense, screen out, try, sift, filter, extend, strive, sieve, filtrate, sort, distort, deform

    Antonyms:
    loosen up, unstrain, relax, make relaxed, unwind, unlax

  16. tense, strain, tense upverb

    cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

    "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

    Synonyms:
    sieve, separate out, reach, filter out, tense up, stress, puree, tense, try, sift, filter, extend, distort, strive, filtrate, deform

    Antonyms:
    make relaxed, unwind, loosen up, relax, unstrain, unlax

  17. strain, tenseverb

    become stretched or tense or taut

    "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"

    Synonyms:
    sieve, separate out, filter out, tense up, reach, puree, tense, try, sift, filter, extend, distort, strive, filtrate, deform, stress

    Antonyms:
    unlax, unstrain, make relaxed, relax, loosen up, unwind

  18. filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter outverb

    remove by passing through a filter

    "filter out the impurities"

    Synonyms:
    sift, separate out, reach, filter out, tense up, dribble, permeate, sink in, tense, try, filter, extend, puree, distort, strive, percolate, filtrate, trickle, sieve, deform, stress

    Antonyms:
    unstrain, make relaxed, unwind, relax, unlax, loosen up

  19. puree, strainverb

    rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender

    "puree the vegetables for the baby"

    Synonyms:
    sieve, separate out, reach, filter out, tense up, stress, puree, tense, try, sift, filter, extend, distort, strive, filtrate, deform

    Antonyms:
    unwind, loosen up, relax, unlax, unstrain, make relaxed

  20. deform, distort, strainverb

    alter the shape of (something) by stress

    "His body was deformed by leprosy"

    Synonyms:
    turn, warp, try, stress, filter out, tense up, reach, wring, bend, tense, extend, color, twist, sift, separate out, filter, colour, falsify, puree, garble, strive, filtrate, deform, twine, tinge, contort, flex, sieve, change shape, change form, distort

    Antonyms:
    relax, unwind, unlax, unstrain, make relaxed, loosen up

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    stretch, draw tightly

  2. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    wrench, sprain

  3. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    exert (to the utmost), put to the utmost strength

  4. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    pervert (from the true intent), push too far

  5. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    force, constrain, compel

  6. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    filter, purify (by filtration)

  7. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    try hard, make great efforts

  8. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    percolate, filter, be filtered, be strained

  9. strainnoun

    Synonyms:
    extreme tension

  10. strainnoun

    Synonyms:
    over-exertion, violent effort, great exertion

  11. strainnoun

    Synonyms:
    sprain, wrench

  12. strainnoun

    Synonyms:
    tune, melody, movement

  13. strainnoun

    Synonyms:
    poem, lay, song, sonnet

  14. strainnoun

    Synonyms:
    style, manner

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. strainnoun

    Synonyms:
    pedigree, race, lineage, extraction, sort, kind, overexertion, effort, tension, intension, tune, melody, style, manner

  2. strainverb

    Synonyms:
    stretch, tighten, sprain, wrench, percolate, filter, defecate, filtrate, overtask, overwork

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How to use strain in a sentence?

  1. Marcus Blagrove:

    One way [viruses are] generated is through recombination between two existing coronaviruses, so two viruses infect the same cell and they recombine into a ‘daughter’ virus that would be an entirely new strain.

  2. Purdue University:

    The strain in intimate partner relationships was related to greater strain in family relationships, which speaks to how intimate relationships are embedded in and affect one's other social relationships.

  3. Charlize Theron:

    I’m always willing to try anything. You got one life to live, why not? i have really bad sleep [patterns] and so does my mom. We do take sleep medication and I was saying to her, ‘Maybe we should try a sleeping strain, something that could help us with sleep.’.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    The best lesson to lessen stress and strain in own life is keep people mostly away from networking as they are often and mainly increasing tension through senseless talking and worthless hobnobbing.

  5. John Sifton:

    What was going on was the typical chaos of a bureaucracy under the strain of immense crisis, people at checkpoints hadn't slept well in days, couldn't read the names properly or read the first name as the last name.


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