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verb [transitive]     pain pronunciation in British English
/peɪn/
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I/you/we/theypain
he/she/itpains
present participlepaining
past tensepained
past participlepained
  1. 1
    to make someone feel very upset or unhappy

    It was clear the subject pained him.

    it pains someone to do something:

    It pained her to think that they would never talk to each other again.

    it pains someone that:

    It pains me that we’re such hypocrites about it.

  2. 2
    formal to make someone feel physical pain

    His head still pains him from time to time where he got that knock.

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