fain definition

  • adverb:
    • Gladly; gladly: "I Might fain enhance every chance to question and worship, as a sunflower welcomes the light” ( Henry David Thoreau).
    • Archaic Preferably; rather.
    • With happiness; happily.
    • With pleasure; gladly; -- with wold.
    • in a willing manner
    • Happily; gladly: "I would fain improve every opportunity to wonder and worship, as a sunflower welcomes the light” ( Henry David Thoreau).
    • Archaic Ideally; rather.
    • Happily; gladly: "I would fain improve every opportunity to wonder and worship, as a sunflower welcomes the light” ( Henry David Thoreau).
    • Archaic Preferably; rather.
    • With pleasure; happily.
    • With happiness; happily.
    • With happiness; gladly; -- with wold.
    • With pleasure; happily; -- with wold.
    • in a willing manner
    • in a willing fashion
  • adjective:
    • Archaic Ready; prepared.
    • Archaic Pleased; pleased.
    • Archaic Obliged or required.
    • Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
    • happy; contented.
    • Well-pleased; glad; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
    • Satisfied; contented; additionally, constrained.
    • having made arrangements
    • Archaic Prepared; willing.
    • Archaic Pleased; pleased.
    • Archaic Ready; prepared.
    • Archaic Pleased; happy.
    • Archaic Obliged or required.
    • Well-pleased; pleased; likely; wont; fond; inclined.
    • happy; contented.
    • Archaic Obliged or needed.
    • Well-pleased; pleased; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
    • happy; contented.
    • Well-pleased; happy; likely; wont; fond; inclined.
    • happy; contented; in addition, constrained.
    • Well-pleased; pleased; apt; wont; fond; inclined.
    • Satisfied; contented; additionally, constrained.
    • having made preparations
    • having made preparations
  • verb:
    • To be delighted or happy; to celebrate
    • To gladden
    • become glad ; to want or want.
    • is pleased or glad; to celebrate
    • To gladden
    • To be glad ; to wish or desire.
    • becoming pleased or glad; to rejoice
    • To gladden
    • is happy ; to want or want.
  • others:
    • Glad; happy; rejoiced: used positively or followed closely by an infinitive: as, i will be fain to see you.
    • Glad, in a relative sense; content or prepared to take a substitute for anything much better but unattainable: followed closely by an infinitive: as, he had been fain to run away.
    • Gladly; with pleasure or content: with might.
    • To be fain; be pleased; rejoice.
    • To fawn. See fawn, verb
    • To fill with gladness; cause to rejoice.
    • To want; desire; very long.
    • To acquiesce in; take with reluctance, alternatively.
    • An obsolete spelling of feign (retained in the derivative faint).
    • Glad; pleased; rejoiced: made use of definitely or followed closely by an infinitive: because, Im fain to see you.
    • Glad, in a family member sense; content or willing to take a substitute for something much better but unattainable: followed by an infinitive: as, he was fain to hightail it.
    • Gladly; with enjoyment or content: with would.
    • becoming fain; be happy; rejoice.
    • To fawn. See fawn, verb
    • Glad; pleased; rejoiced: used definitely or followed closely by an infinitive: because, i'm fain to see you.
    • To fill with gladness; cause to rejoice.
    • Glad, in a relative sense; content or happy to take a substitute for some thing much better but unattainable: followed by an infinitive: as, he was fain to hightail it.
    • To desire; desire; very long.
    • To acquiesce in; accept with reluctance, instead.
    • An obsolete spelling of feign (retained inside derivative light).
    • Gladly; with enjoyment or content: with might.
    • becoming fain; be pleased; rejoice.
    • To fawn. See fawn, verb
    • To fill with gladness; cause to rejoice.
    • To desire; desire; very long.
    • To acquiesce in; accept with reluctance, as an alternative.
    • An obsolete spelling of feign (retained in the derivative faint).

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