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to put under very great strain; overwork
to exert great effort
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verb o·ver·strained, o·ver·strain·ing, o·ver·strains verb, transitive
To subject to excessive strain, especially to force beyond a natural or proper limit: overstraining the environment.verb, intransitive
To put forth too much physical effort.