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Meaning of “rain” in the English Dictionary

"rain" in British English

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rainnoun [U]

uk   us   /reɪn/
A1 drops of ​water from ​clouds: Rain is ​forecast for ​tomorrow. Come inside out of the rain. We had heavy/​light rain all ​day. We got ​caught in pouring/​torrential (= a lot of) rain without either ​raincoats or ​umbrellas. There will be showers of rain/rain showers (= ​shortperiods of rain) in the ​east. It ​looks like rain (= as if rain is going to ​fall).the rains [plural] the ​season of the ​year in ​tropicalcountries when there is a lot of rain: Villagers are now ​waiting for the rains to come so that the ​rice will ​grow. This is the third ​year in a ​row that the rains have ​failed.

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rainverb [I]

uk   us   /reɪn/
A1 If it rains, ​waterfalls from the ​sky in ​smalldrops: I ​think it's ​starting to rain. It's raining hard/​heavily (= a ​largeamount of rain is ​falling).

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

"rain" in American English

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rainnoun [U]

 us   /reɪn/
drops of ​water that ​fall from ​clouds: It ​looks like rain (= as if rain is going to ​fall).
rainy
adjective  us   /ˈreɪ·ni/
a rainy ​afternoon

rainverb [I]

 us   /reɪn/
Rain can also ​mean to ​fall in a ​largeamount: Debris from the ​explosion rained down.
(Definition of rain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “rain”
in Korean 비…
in Arabic مَطَر…
in Malaysian hujan, hujan lebat…
in French pluie…
in Russian дождь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雨, 雨水…
in Italian pioggia…
in Turkish yağmur…
in Polish deszcz…
in Spanish lluvia…
in Vietnamese cơn mưa, như cơn mưa…
in Portuguese chuva…
in Thai ฝน, สิ่งที่ตกลงมาเหมือนฝนเท…
in German der Regen…
in Catalan pluja…
in Japanese 雨…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雨, 雨水…
in Indonesian hujan…
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