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Wordnet 3.0

ADVERB (1)

1. to no avail;
- Example: "he looked for her in vain"
- Example: "the city fathers tried vainly to find a solution"
[syn: vainly, in vain]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vain \Vain\, n. Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain. [1913 Webster] For vain. See In vain. [Obs.] --Shak. In vain, to no purpose; without effect; ineffectually. " In vain doth valor bleed." --Milton. " In vain they do worship me." --Matt. xv. 9. To take the name of God in vain, to use the name of God with levity or profaneness. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

in vain adv 1: to no avail; "he looked for her in vain"; "the city fathers tried vainly to find a solution" [syn: vainly, in vain]