Meaning of “vain” in the English Dictionary

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vainadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /veɪn/

vain adjective [ -er/-est only ] (UNSUCCESSFUL)

unsuccessful or useless; failing to achieve a purpose:

Employers clearly hoped that the workers would stay longer, but their efforts were largely in vain (= unsuccessful).

vain adjective [ -er/-est only ] (SELFISH)

too proud of yourself, esp. in your appearance or achievements

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

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