Synonyms of straining


1. strain, straining, effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail, sweat

usage: an intense or violent exertion

2. distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting, falsification, misrepresentation

usage: the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean


1. strive, reach, strain, tug, labor, labour, push, drive

usage: to exert much effort or energy; "straining our ears to hear"

2. try, strain, stress, afflict

usage: test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!"

3. strain, extend, use, utilize, utilise, apply, employ

usage: 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"

4. sift, sieve, strain, separate

usage: separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; "sift the flour"

5. tense, strain, tense up, affect

usage: cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

6. strain, tense, tighten

usage: become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"

7. filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out, separate

usage: remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities"

8. puree, strain, rub

usage: rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby"

9. deform, distort, strain, shape, form

usage: alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"


1. arduous, straining, strenuous, effortful (vs. effortless)

usage: taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance; "his final, straining burst of speed"; "a strenuous task"; "your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt

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