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rain

noun, often attributive \ ˈrān \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rain

1 a :water falling in drops condensed from vapor in the atmosphere
b :the descent of this water
c :water that has fallen as rain :rainwater
2 a :a fall of rain :rainstorm
b rains plural :the rainy season
3 :rainy weather
4 :a heavy fall
  • a rain of arrows

Examples of rain in a Sentence

  1. The weatherman forecasts rain for this afternoon.

  2. Everyone went inside when the rain began to fall.

  3. What the garden needs is a good, soaking rain.

  4. A light rain began to fall.

  5. There has been some flooding due to the recent heavy rains.

  6. We've had a week of rain.

  7. The rains came and flooded the valley.

Recent Examples of rain from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rain

Middle English reyn, from Old English regn, rēn; akin to Old High German regan rain

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rain

verb

Definition of rain

intransitive verb
1 :to send down rain
2 :to fall as water in drops from the clouds
3 :to fall like rain
  • soot and ash rained down
transitive verb
1 :to pour down
2 :to give or administer abundantly
  • rained blows on his head
rain cats and dogs
:to rain heavily

Examples of rain in a Sentence

  1. Sparks from the fireworks rained on the field.

  2. The volcano rained ashes on the city.

Recent Examples of rain from the Web

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First Known Use of rain

before 12th century

rain Synonyms

Synonyms
pour, precipitate, storm, rain cats and dogs
Related Words
shower; spit; hail, rainsquall, squall; deluge, drown, engulf, flood, inundate, swamp
Near Antonyms
drizzle, mist, mizzle, spit, sprinkle

RAIN Defined for English Language Learners

rain

noun

Definition of rain for English Language Learners

  • : water that falls in drops from clouds in the sky

  • : weather in which there is a lot of rain : rainy weather

  • rains : large amounts of rain that fall at a particular time of year


rain

verb

Definition of rain for English Language Learners

  • —used with it to say that rain is falling

  • : to fall from above in large amounts

  • : to cause (something) to fall in large amounts


RAIN Defined for Kids

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rain

noun \ ˈrān \

Definition of rain for Students

1 :water falling in drops from the clouds
2 :a fall of water in drops from the clouds
3 :rainy weather
  • “Are you going to sleep out in all this rain?”
  • —E. B. White, Stuart Little
4 :a heavy fall of objects

Headscratcher for rain

Rain, reign, and rein all sound alike but have different meanings. Rain is the water that falls from the sky. A reign is the rule of a king or queen. A rein is a strap used to control an animal, such as a horse.


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rain

verb

Definition of rain for Students

rained; raining
1 :to fall as water in drops from the clouds
2 :to send down rain
  • The clouds rained for days.
3 :to fall in large amounts
  • Ashes rained from the volcano.
4 :to give in large amounts
  • Friends rained advice on me.
rain cats and dogs
:pour 2


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