Meaning of “pain” in the English Dictionary

"pain" in British English

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painnoun [ C or U ]

uk /peɪn/ us /peɪn/

painverb [ T ]

uk /peɪn/ us /peɪn/ formal

(Definition of “pain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pain" in American English

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painnoun [ C/U ]

us /peɪn/

a bad or unpleasant physical feeling, often caused by injury or illness, that you want to stop, or an emotional feeling of this type:

[ U ] Your whole perspective on life changes when you’re in pain.
[ C ] He was admitted to the hospital with chest pains.
verb [ T ] us /peɪn/


It pained him when he did not make the high school football team.
adjective us /ˈpeɪn·fəl/

A painful leg injury forced her to withdraw from the competition.

(Definition of “pain” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)