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English definition of “pains”

pains

noun [plural]     /peɪnz/
be at pains to do sth to try very hard to do something: She is at pains to point out how much work she has done.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effort go to/take great pains to do sth to make a lot of effort to do something: I went to great pains to select the best staff available.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effort
(Definition of pains noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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