pain Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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painnoun [C/U]

 us   /peɪn/
a ​bad or ​unpleasantphysicalfeeling, often caused by ​injury or ​illness, that you ​want to ​stop, or an ​emotionalfeeling of this ​type: [U] Yourwholeperspective on ​lifechanges when you’re in pain. [C] He was ​admitted to the ​hospital with ​chest pains.
verb [T]  us   /peɪn/
fml It pained him when he did not make the high ​schoolfootballteam.
adjective  us   /ˈpeɪn·fəl/
A painful ​leginjuryforced her to ​withdraw from the ​competition.
(Definition of pain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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painnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /peɪn/
A2 a ​feeling of ​physicalsufferingcaused by ​injury or ​illness: Her ​symptomsincludedabdominal pain and ​vomiting. Are you in (= ​suffering from) pain? She was in constant pain. These ​tablets should ​help to ease the pain. I ​felt a sharp pain in my ​foot. He's been ​sufferingvarious aches and pains for ​years.B2 emotional or ​mentalsuffering: It's a ​film about the pains and ​pleasures of ​parenthood. The ​parents are still in ​great pain over the ​death of ​theirchild.
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painverb [T]

uk   us   /peɪn/ formal
If something pains you, it ​causes you to ​feelsad and ​upset: [+ to infinitive] It pains me toseeanimals being ​mistreated.
(Definition of pain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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