Definition of “pain” - English Dictionary

“pain” in English

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painnoun [ C or U ]

uk /peɪn/ us /peɪn/

A2 a feeling of physical suffering caused by injury or illness:

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 suffering various aches and pains for years.

B2 emotional or mental suffering:

It's a film about the pains and pleasures of parenthood.
The parents are still in great pain over the death of their child.

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painverb [ T ]

uk /peɪn/ us /peɪn/ formal

(Definition of “pain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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painnoun [ C/U ]

us /peɪn/

a bad or unpleasant physical feeling, often caused by injury or illness, that you want to stop, or an emotional feeling of this type:

[ U ] Your whole perspective on life changes when you’re in pain.
[ C ] He was admitted to the hospital with chest pains.
verb [ T ] us /peɪn/


It pained him when he did not make the high school football team.
adjective us /ˈpeɪn·fəl/

A painful leg injury forced her to withdraw from the competition.

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