Definition of overstrain in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈstreɪn/


[with object]
Subject to an excessive demand on strength, resources, or abilities: there was a risk he might overstrain his heart
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  • More committed to winning the war than to ruling Germany, he lent his prestige to a series of policies, including unrestricted submarine warfare, that overstrained Germany's resources and added the USA to an already long list of enemies.
  • These positivists notice overwhelming evidence to show that the leadership overstrained their resources in every way.
  • With the decline of the Roman empire, barbarian attacks impoverished and depopulated the frontier provinces, and laid a burden of defense on the empire which overstrained the administrative machinery and its economic resources.


[mass noun]
The action or result of overstraining: overstrain had brought on tuberculosis
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  • One should also add a part of the costs shouldered by the postwar generations in the form of diverse long-term adverse effects of wartime overstrain.
  • Their language isolation causes overstrain of the nervous system, which leads to various conflict situations.
  • Two principal factors are involved: intellectual overstrain and emotional stress.
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