Definition of fain in English:
1.1Compelled by the circumstances; obliged: he was fain to acknowledge that the agreement was sacrosanct
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- This functionary, however well disposed to my friend, could not altogether conceal his chagrin at the turn which affairs had taken, and was fain to indulge in a sarcasm or two about the propriety of every person minding his own business.
- In Smith's Discourse of the Commonweal, a maker of caps is made to say: ‘I am fain to give my journeymen twopence in a day more than I was wont to do, and yet they say they cannot sufficiently live thereon.
- If you would grant but my request, I then most surely should be blest; But if you treat me with disdain, To hang myself I now would fain; Then pray consent and make me thine, To save from death your Valentine.
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With pleasure; gladly: I am weary and would fain get a little rest
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- I would fain be friends with you, for their sake.
- ‘Depend upon it that, rude and careless as I am, I would fain practice the yoga faithfully,’ he writes.
- There was something else which she would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the air in the direction of the Doctor's [i.e. her stepfather's room], but a fresh convulsion seized her and choked her words.
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