vainly
adverb see vain

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Vainly — Vain ly, adv. In a vain manner; in vain. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vainly — [vān′lē] adv. 1. in vain; uselessly; fruitlessly; without success 2. with vanity; conceitedly * * * See vain. * * * …   Universalium

  • vainly — [vān′lē] adv. 1. in vain; uselessly; fruitlessly; without success 2. with vanity; conceitedly …   English World dictionary

  • vainly — adv. Vainly is used with these verbs: ↑search, ↑seek, ↑try …   Collocations dictionary

  • vainly — vain ► ADJECTIVE 1) having or showing an excessively high opinion of one s appearance or abilities. 2) useless or meaningless: a vain boast. ● in vain Cf. ↑in vain ● take someone s name in vain Cf. ↑take someone s name in vain …   English terms dictionary

  • vainly — adverb to no avail he looked for her in vain the city fathers tried vainly to find a solution • Syn: ↑in vain • Derived from adjective: ↑vain …   Useful english dictionary

  • vainly — adverb In a vain manner; to no avail. Syn: in vain …   Wiktionary

  • vainly — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. in vain, uselessly, unnecessarily, fruitlessly, purposelessly, needlessly, unprofitably, bootlessly, futilely, to no purpose, to no avail, abortively; see also hopelessly 1 , 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • vainly — adv. in a vain manner; futilely, uselessly; conceitedly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vainly — ad. 1. Without effect, ineffectually, in vain, to no purpose, in a vain manner. 2. Proudly, arrogantly, boastingly, vauntingly. 3. Idly, foolishly …   New dictionary of synonyms

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