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Synonyms for strain
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strain(noun)

    (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, strain(noun)

    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 phrase(noun)

    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 strain(noun)

    (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, stock(noun)

    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. strain(noun)

    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, strain(noun)

    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, strain(noun)

    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, straining(noun)

    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, strain(verb)

    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, strain(verb)

    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, stress(verb)

    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, extend(verb)

    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, strain(verb)

    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 up(verb)

    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, tense(verb)

    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 out(verb)

    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, strain(verb)

    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, strain(verb)

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. strain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    stretch, draw tightly

  2. strain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    wrench, sprain

  3. strain(v. a.)

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

  4. strain(v. a.)

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

  5. strain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    force, constrain, compel

  6. strain(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    filter, purify (by filtration)

  7. strain(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    try hard, make great efforts

  8. strain(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    percolate, filter, be filtered, be strained

  9. strain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    extreme tension

  10. strain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    over-exertion, violent effort, great exertion

  11. strain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    sprain, wrench

  12. strain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    tune, melody, movement

  13. strain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    poem, lay, song, sonnet

  14. strain(n.)

    Synonyms:
    style, manner

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. strain(n)

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

  2. strain(v)

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

How to pronounce strain?

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Australian
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Indian

How to say strain in sign language?

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How to use strain in a sentence?

  1. Simon Coveney:

    While we have a huge amount of contingency planning in place ... I wouldn't like to give the impression that we could easily manage a no-deal Brexit, it would put huge strain on the Irish economy.

  2. Joel Smith:

    Mr Sarao is understandably distressed. His mental health is fragile. It adds to the stress and strain these proceedings have put on him.

  3. Stephen Harper:

    We are tracking this very closely. The system is clearly not under anywhere near the strain it was a year ago, but nevertheless we remain concerned. ... This is a major, major export for this country.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    The remedy for the stress & strain in life is to stay away from lady, love own good daddy, support marginal farmers growing any crops like paddy, befriend less number of people & only hearty buddy, listen to soulful music and watch only shy & simple person's comedy.

  5. Anita Chandra:

    We needed different ways of thinking about what was classically emergency preparedness or emergency management, it just took a broader and more diverse network to handle the kind of stress and strain that we’re now dealing with.


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