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verb rain pronunciation in British English /reɪn/
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present tense
present participleraining
past tenserained
past participlerained
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if it rains, water falls in drops from clouds in the sky

    Just as we were leaving home it started to rain.

    rain heavily/hard (=to rain a lot):

    It had been raining heavily all day.

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    rain down

    [intransitive] to fall from the air in large amounts
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    rain down

    [intransitive/transitive] to hit or hit against someone or something violently many times

    He struggled to block the blows raining on him.

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