vain+effort+or+attempt

  • 1 vain — [[t]ve͟ɪn[/t]] vainer, vainest 1) ADJ: ADJ n 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... I was singing in a vain effort to… …

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  • 2 vain — [veın] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin vanus empty, vain ] 1.) someone who is vain is too proud of their good looks, abilities, or position used to show disapproval = ↑conceited ▪ Men can be just as vain as women. see usage note …

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  • 3 vain — [ veın ] adjective * 1. ) someone who is vain is very proud and thinks they are very attractive or special: CONCEITED: He was vain about his looks, spending hours in the gym. 2. ) unsuccessful or useless: a vain attempt/bid/effort: They made a… …

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  • 4 vain */ — UK [veɪn] / US adjective Word forms vain : adjective vain comparative vainer superlative vainest 1) showing disapproval someone who is vain is very proud and thinks they are very attractive or special He was vain about his looks, spending hours… …

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  • 5 effort */*/*/ — UK [ˈefə(r)t] / US [ˈefərt] noun Word forms effort : singular effort plural efforts Metaphor: When you put a lot of effort into doing something, it is like using a part of your body. Does she have the backbone to stand up to them? Or will she… …

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  • 6 vain — adjective 1 someone who is vain is very proud of their good looks, abilities, or position; conceited 2 in vain without success in spite of your efforts: I tried in vain to get Sue to come with us. 3 vain attempt/hope/effort etc an attempt, hope… …

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  • 7 effort — noun 1 physical/mental energy needed to do sth ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable ▪ hard ▪ It took a whole day of hard effort to knock down the wall. ▪ constant, sustained ▪ …

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  • 8 attempt */*/*/ — I UK [əˈtempt] / US noun [countable] Word forms attempt : singular attempt plural attempts 1) an effort to do something one last desperate attempt The government has made no attempt to avert the crisis. attempt on: an attempt on the world record… …

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  • 9 vain — adj. Vain is used with these nouns: ↑attempt, ↑effort, ↑hope …

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  • 10 abortion — n. 1. Miscarriage, premature labor, premature delivery. 2. Failure, disappointment, want of success, vain effort or attempt …

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  • 11 international relations — a branch of political science dealing with the relations between nations. [1970 75] * * * Study of the relations of states with each other and with international organizations and certain subnational entities (e.g., bureaucracies and political… …

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  • 12 china — /chuy neuh/, n. 1. a translucent ceramic material, biscuit fired at a high temperature, its glaze fired at a low temperature. 2. any porcelain ware. 3. plates, cups, saucers, etc., collectively. 4. figurines made of porcelain or ceramic material …

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  • 13 China — /chuy neuh/, n. 1. People s Republic of, a country in E Asia. 1,221,591,778; 3,691,502 sq. mi. (9,560,990 sq. km). Cap.: Beijing. 2. Republic of. Also called Nationalist China. a republic consisting mainly of the island of Taiwan off the SE coast …

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  • 14 Spain — /spayn/, n. a kingdom in SW Europe. Including the Balearic and Canary islands, 39,244,195; 194,988 sq. mi. (505,019 sq. km). Cap.: Madrid. Spanish, España. * * * Spain Introduction Spain Background: Spain s powerful world empire of the 16th and… …

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  • 15 miscarriage — I noun abortion, abortive attempt, abortive effort, bad behavior, breakdown, cadere, collapse, default, defeat, disappointment, downfall, failure, fiasco, frustration, futile effort, hopeless failure, ineffectiveness, ineffectual attempt, loss,… …

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  • 16 Charles de Gaulle — This article is about the French statesman. For other uses, see Charles de Gaulle (disambiguation). Charles De Gaulle President of the French Republic Co Prince of Andorra In office 8 January 195 …

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  • 17 The Byzantine Empire —     The Byzantine Empire     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Byzantine Empire     The ancient Roman Empire having been divided into two parts, an Eastern and a Western, the Eastern remained subject to successors of Constantine, whose capital was at …

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  • 18 Charles Manson — The Manson Family redirects here. For the 2003 film, see The Manson Family (film). Charles Milles Manson …

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  • 19 Dragon Ball Z: Broly — s Second Coming Japanese box art Starring See Cast Music by …

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  • 20 French Empire —    During the Age of Imperialism France had, after Britain, the second largest and most diverse colonial empire, with a wide mix of settler colonies, penal settlements, plantations, trading bases, and protectorates that literally spanned the… …

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