Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pain”

See all translations

pain

noun
 
 
/peɪn/
HURT [C, U] A2 an unpleasant physical feeling caused by an illness or injury: chest/stomach pains Are you in pain? I felt a sharp pain in my foot. She was given some medicine to ease the pain.Pain and painful
SADNESS [U] B2 sadness or mental suffering caused by an unpleasant event: I can't describe the pain I suffered when he died.Sadness and regret
be a pain (in the neck) informal to be annoying: My brother can be a real pain in the neck sometimes.Causing feelings of anger and displeasure
be at pains to do sth; take pains to do sth to make a lot of effort to do something: He was at great pains to explain the reasons for his decision.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of pain noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pain” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More