I strained to detect any undercurrent

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Amanda26

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Hello,

"I strained to detect any undercurrent of jealousy but found none. Tim motioned over his shoulder and went on. “Do you two want to join us? We’re just winding down, getting ready for tomorrow.” Dear John by Nicholas Sparks


Could you tell me what "strain" means please?

Thanks!
 
  • Myridon

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    English - US
    The first definition of "strain" in the Word Reference dictionary:
    "force (a part of one's body or oneself) to make an unusually great effort."
    He made a great effort (he tried very hard) to detect...
     
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