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adjective vain pronunciation in British English /veɪn/ 
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adjectivevain
comparativevainer
superlativevainest
  1. 1
    showing disapproval someone who is vain is very proud and thinks they are very attractive or special

    He was vain about his looks, spending hours in the gym.

  2. 2
    unsuccessful, or useless
    a vain attempt/bid/effort:

    They made a vain attempt to protect the town from attack.

    vain hope:

    He underwent a knee operation in the vain hope of getting into the team.

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