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vain

Pronunciation: /veɪn/

Translation of vain in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)

  • 2 (before noun, no comparative/delante del nombre, sin comparativo) 2.1 (futile) [attempt/appeal] vano, inútil; [hope/belief] vano 2.2 (empty, worthless) [promise/words] vano
    Example sentences
    • He was yelling and crying, reaching out desperately and uselessly past the restraining arms in a vain attempt to bring his friend back.
    • There is irritating piped music, a vain attempt to drown out the background wind-pocket moan of the ventilation/heating system and generate some atmosphere perhaps.
    • We took to channel hopping in the vain hope that something remotely interesting would catch our attention.
    Example sentences
    • It's not a vain boast on the evidence of this season.
    • This turn of events, this sad return after so many vain boasts, would have made a shamed recluse out of a normal human being.
    • By and large I'm all for the right to speak your mind and give your opinion as long as it's of worth and not just some vain criticism thrown out for the sake of it.
    2.3in vain en vano, vanamente, inútilmente it was all in vain todo fue en vano thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain no tomarás el nombre de Dios en vano who's taking my name in vain? [humorous/humorístico] ¿quién está hablando de mí?

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