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Pronunciation: /peɪn/

Translation of pain in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 u and c (physical) dolor (masculine) she was in great pain estaba muy dolorida or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) adolorida, sentía mucho dolor I'm in constant pain siento dolor permanentemente to cry out in o with pain gritar de dolor to ease the pain calmar el dolor I've got a pain in my leg me duele la pierna stomach/chest pains dolores (masculine plural) de estómago/de pecho to be a pain in the neck o (American English/inglés norteamericano) [vulgar] ass o (British English/inglés británico) [vulgar] arse ser* un pesado, ser* insoportable, ser* un coñazo (Spain/España) [vulgar] to be feeling no pain (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] estar* como una cuba [colloquial/familiar], estar* bien pedo (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Patients and their physicians are familiar with acute pain or pain caused by injury.
    • Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal illness of wide-spread pain and profound fatigue.
    • She is recovering at home from her injuries but still suffers pain when lifted, according to her family.
    1.2 uncountable/no numerable (mental) dolor (masculine), pena (feminine) the divorce caused me a lot of pain sufrí mucho con el divorcio it takes the pain out of accounting hace más fácil la contabilidad
    Example sentences
    • The Special Adjudicator was right to consider whether it amounted to severe mental pain and suffering.
    • Of that sum £135,000 was in respect of pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
    • It was also to remember her journey through pain, sorrow, loss and deprivation.
    1.3on pain of sth/-ing (as preposition/como preposición) bajo or so pena de algo/+ infinitive/infinitivo
  • 2
    (pains plural)
    (effort) that's all you get for your pains así te pagan la molestia she was at great pains to dissociate herself from … trató por todos los medios de dejar bien en claro que no tenía nada que ver con … I took considerable pains to explain it to them puse mucho esmero or me esforcé mucho en explicárselo

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • it pains me to see that … me duele or me apena or me da pena ver que …

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) my finger's/head's paining me duele el dedo/la cabeza

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