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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (useless)
a. vano
Anna came back to the bar with the hope of finding her purse but it was all in vain.Anna regresó al bar con la esperanza de encontrar su cartera pero todo fue en vano.
b. inútil
I moved to New York in a vain attempt to make new friends and find love.Me mudé a Nueva York en un intento inútil por hacer nuevas amistades y encontrar el amor.
2. (conceited)
a. vanidoso
Ashley has been acting vain since she became a model.Ashley está siendo muy vanidosa desde que se convirtió en modelo.
b. presumido
How can she date a vain, selfish, and bitter person?¿Cómo puede salir con alguien presumido, egoísta y amargado?
c. vano
My cat is so vain that he can never have too much attention.Mi gato es tan vano que jamás se cansará de recibir atención.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
in vainen vano
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (conceited)
a. vanidoso(a), vano(a)
3. (hopeless)
a. vano(a)
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vain [veɪn]
1 (useless) vano; inútil
in vain [+try, struggle] en vano; inútilmente; [+search] sin éxito; en vano; all our efforts were in vain todos nuestros esfuerzos fueron en vano or resultaron inútiles; I stayed, in the vain hope that ... me quedé con la vana esperanza de que ...
to take sb's name in vain hablar con poco respeto de algn
to take the Lord's name in vain tomar el nombre de Dios en vano
2 vainer (comparative)vainest (superlative) (conceited) vanidoso; presumido
she is very vain about her hair siempre está arreglándose el pelo
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