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Definition of pain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pain
    he / she / it pains
    past simple pained
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2(formal) to cause someone pain or make them unhappy synonym hurt
  3. 3 pain somebody She was deeply pained by the accusation.
  4. 4(old use) The wound still pained him occasionally. it pains somebody to do something It pains me to see you like this. it pains somebody that… It pained him that she would not acknowledge him.
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