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Definitions for fain
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disposed(p), fain, inclined(p), preparedadverb

    having made preparations

    "prepared to take risks"

  2. gladly, lief, fainadverb

    in a willing manner

    "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it"

Wiktionary

  1. fainverb

    To be delighted or glad; to rejoice

  2. fainverb

    To gladden

  3. fainadverb

    With joy; gladly.

  4. fainadjective

    Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.

  5. fainadjective

    Satisfied; contented.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fainadjective

    well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined

    Etymology: [OE. fain, fagen, AS. fgen; akin to OS. fagan, Icel. faginn glad; AS. fgnian to rejoice, OS. fagann, Icel. fagna, Goth. faginn, cf. Goth. fahds joy; and fr. the same root as E. fair. Srr Fair, a., and cf. Fawn to court favor.]

  2. Fainadjective

    satisfied; contented; also, constrained

    Etymology: [OE. fain, fagen, AS. fgen; akin to OS. fagan, Icel. faginn glad; AS. fgnian to rejoice, OS. fagann, Icel. fagna, Goth. faginn, cf. Goth. fahds joy; and fr. the same root as E. fair. Srr Fair, a., and cf. Fawn to court favor.]

  3. Fainadverb

    with joy; gladly; -- with wold

    Etymology: [OE. fain, fagen, AS. fgen; akin to OS. fagan, Icel. faginn glad; AS. fgnian to rejoice, OS. fagann, Icel. fagna, Goth. faginn, cf. Goth. fahds joy; and fr. the same root as E. fair. Srr Fair, a., and cf. Fawn to court favor.]

  4. Fain

    to be glad ; to wish or desire

    Etymology: [OE. fain, fagen, AS. fgen; akin to OS. fagan, Icel. faginn glad; AS. fgnian to rejoice, OS. fagann, Icel. fagna, Goth. faginn, cf. Goth. fahds joy; and fr. the same root as E. fair. Srr Fair, a., and cf. Fawn to court favor.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fain

    fān, adj. glad or joyful: inclined (with to): content to accept, for want of better: compelled: (Spens.) wont.—v.i. (Spens.) to delight.—adv. gladly.—adv. Fain′ly, gladly.—n. Fain′ness, eagerness. [A.S. fægen, joyful: cf. Ice. feginn, glad.]

  2. Fain

    fān, v.i. (Spens.). Same as Feign.

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  1. an if, naif, naïf

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fain in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fain in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Addison:

    'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.

  3. Hindu Poetess:

    The dull-hued turkey apes the gait Of lordly peacock, richly plumed; And thus the poetaster shows When he would fain his verse recite.

  4. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 1:

    I would fain die a dry death.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    And be on they guard against the good and the just They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue -- they hate the lonesome ones.

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