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fain


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fain  \Fain\,  v.  t.  &  i. 
  To  be  glad;  to  wish  or  desire.  [Obs.] 
 
  Whoso  fair  thing  does  fain  to  see  --Spencer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fain  \Fain\,  a.  [OE.  fain,  fagen,  AS  f[ae]gen;  akin  to  OS 
  fagan,  Icel.  faginn  glad;  AS  f[ae]gnian  to  rejoice,  OS 
  fagan[=o]n,  Icel.  fagna,  Goth.  fagin[=o]n,  cf  Goth. 
  fah[=e]ds  joy;  and  fr  the  same  root  as  E.  fair.  Srr  {Fair}, 
  a.,  and  cf  {Fawn}  to  court  favor.] 
  1.  Well-pleased;  glad;  apt;  wont;  fond;  inclined. 
 
  Men  and  birds  are  fain  of  climbing  high.  --Shak. 
 
  To  a  busy  man,  temptation  is  fainto  climb  up 
  together  with  his  business.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  Satisfied;  contented;  also  constrained.  --Shak. 
 
  The  learned  Castalio  was  fain  to  make  trechers  at 
  Basle  to  keep  himself  from  starving.  --Locke. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fain  \Fain\,  adv 
  With  joy;  gladly;  --  with  wold. 
 
  He  would  fain  have  filled  his  belly  with  the  husks  that 
  the  swine  did  eat.  --Luke  xv  16. 
 
  Fain  Would  I  woo  her  yet  I  dare  not  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fain 
  adj  :  having  made  preparations;  "prepared  to  take  risks"  [syn:  {disposed(p)}, 
  {inclined(p)},  {prepared}] 
  adv  :  in  a  willing  manner;  "I  willingly  accept"  [syn:  {willingly}, 
  {volitionally}]  [ant:  {unwillingly}] 




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