pain - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a feeling that you have in a part of your body when you are hurt or ill

    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.