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noun pain pronunciation in American English /peɪn/
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  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.
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  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.



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