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Meaning of “rain” in the English Dictionary

"rain" in British English

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rainnoun [U]

uk   /reɪn/ 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 (= short periods 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 tropical countries 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   /reɪn/ us   /reɪn/
A1 If it rains, water falls from the sky in small drops: I think it's starting to rain. It's raining hard/heavily (= a large amount of rain is falling).

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

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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 large amount: 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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