Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

pain

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun pain pronunciation in American English /peɪn/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularpain
pluralpains
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a feeling that you have in a part of your body when you are hurt or sick

    chest/stomach pains

    Harry has been enduring considerable back pain for a number of years.

    pain in:

    I'm having terrible pains in my chest.

    ease/relieve pain:

    The fresh air had done nothing to ease the pain Kelly felt in her head.

    cause (someone) pain:

    An old injury was causing him intense pain.

    in pain:

    He heard Leo scream in pain.

    be in pain:

    I don't think she's in any pain.

    a sharp pain (=a sudden strong pain):

    It was a sharp pain, on his left side, below his ribs.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of pain
  2. 2
    [uncountable] a feeling of being very upset or unhappy

    Dealing with the subject sensitively can help prevent a lot of pain.

    cause (someone) pain:

    The incident must have caused my parents great pain.

    inflict pain on someone:

    He had no idea of the pain he had inflicted on her.

    the pain of something:

    He found it hard to cope with the pain of being separated from his children.

phrases

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog