pain noun - definition in the Learner's Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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

paradox

a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More