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vain adjective
vain / vaine / vains / vaines
vain [veɪn] (effort)
Nous avons protesté en vain.
We protested, but it was in vain.
futile [ˈfju:taɪl] (regrets, discussion)
Il est vain, si l'on plante un chêne, d'espérer s'abriter bientôt sous son feuillage.
If one plants an oak, it is futile to hope to soon be able to take cover under its leaves.
empty [ˈemptɪ] (promesse)
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  1. en vain - in vain

Contexts

Nous avons protesté en vain. We protested, but it was in vain.
Il est vain, si l'on plante un chêne, d'espérer s'abriter bientôt sous son feuillage. If one plants an oak, it is futile to hope to soon be able to take cover under its leaves.
Tout cela a été en vain ! It was all in vain!
Il essaya de nouveau, mais en vain. He tried it again, but in vain.
Il essaya en vain d'ouvrir la boîte. He tried to open the box in vain.

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