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That should also be a vain hope. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The Year 9 pupil was taken to hospital where doctors spent four days battling in vain to save him. The Sun (2016)We hug the coastline in a vain attempt to seek shelter from the wind. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Please do not allow him to die in vain. The Sun (2009)Vets tried in vain to save two others. Times, Sunday Times (2009)When they finally realise such efforts are in vain they fulfil them by rote through gritted teeth. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Miles will not have died in vain. The Sun (2016)Residents said his brother was screaming hysterically as paramedics fought in vain to save him. The Sun (2014)He had also removed the radio and batteries from the aircraft in a vain attempt to call for help. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Other companies will have to act on costs after months of hanging on in the vain hope of a revival. The Sun (2009)Taking the family name in vain? Times, Sunday Times (2011)He was paralysed all down one side, which is awful for a man who is vain. Times, Sunday Times (2009)That's what happens when you use my name in vain. The Sun (2015) One looks in vain for the comedian's classic sad childhood. Times, Sunday Times (2010)For a man so vain about his face, why is he content to flaunt his wrinkly torso and pot belly? The Sun (2008)Are you vain and shallow? Times, Sunday Times (2011)They just think you're vain and self-obsessed. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Indeed, he's so vain he might think this sketch is about him. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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British English: vain /veɪn/ ADJECTIVE
attempt A vain attempt or action is one that fails to achieve what was intended.
The drafting committee worked through the night in a vain attempt to finish on schedule.
- American English: vain
- Arabic: باَطِل
- Brazilian Portuguese: vaidoso
- Chinese: 徒然的
- Croatian: uzaludan
- Czech: marný bezvýsledný
- Danish: frugtesløs
- Dutch: vergeefs
- European Spanish: vano
- Finnish: turhamainen
- French: vaniteux
- German: eitel
- Greek: μάταιος
- Italian: vano
- Japanese: うぬぼれの強い
- Korean: 허영심이 강한
- Norwegian: forfengelig
- Polish: próżny zadufany
- European Portuguese: vaidoso
- Romanian: zadarnic
- Russian: тщетный
- Spanish: vanidoso
- Swedish: fåfäng
- Thai: ไร้ประโยชน์
- Turkish: kendini beğenmiş
- Ukrainian: марний
- Vietnamese: vô hiệu
British English: vain ADJECTIVE
person If you describe someone as vain, you are critical of their extreme pride in their own beauty, intelligence, or other good qualities.
He wasn't so vain as to think he was smarter than his boss.
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