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My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
Erma Bombeck

Meaning of "faint" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD FAINT

From Old French, from faindre to be idle.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF FAINT

faint  [feɪnt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FAINT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Faint is a verb and can also act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb faint in English.

WHAT DOES FAINT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of faint in the English dictionary

The first definition of faint in the dictionary is lacking clarity, brightness, volume, etc. Other definition of faint is lacking conviction or force; weak. Faint is also feeling dizzy or weak as if about to lose consciousness.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO FAINT

PRESENT

Present
I faint
you faint
he/she/it faints
we faint
you faint
they faint
Present continuous
I am fainting
you are fainting
he/she/it is fainting
we are fainting
you are fainting
they are fainting
Present perfect
I have fainted
you have fainted
he/she/it has fainted
we have fainted
you have fainted
they have fainted
Present perfect continuous
I have been fainting
you have been fainting
he/she/it has been fainting
we have been fainting
you have been fainting
they have been fainting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I fainted
you fainted
he/she/it fainted
we fainted
you fainted
they fainted
Past continuous
I was fainting
you were fainting
he/she/it was fainting
we were fainting
you were fainting
they were fainting
Past perfect
I had fainted
you had fainted
he/she/it had fainted
we had fainted
you had fainted
they had fainted
Past perfect continuous
I had been fainting
you had been fainting
he/she/it had been fainting
we had been fainting
you had been fainting
they had been fainting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will faint
you will faint
he/she/it will faint
we will faint
you will faint
they will faint
Future continuous
I will be fainting
you will be fainting
he/she/it will be fainting
we will be fainting
you will be fainting
they will be fainting
Future perfect
I will have fainted
you will have fainted
he/she/it will have fainted
we will have fainted
you will have fainted
they will have fainted
Future perfect continuous
I will have been fainting
you will have been fainting
he/she/it will have been fainting
we will have been fainting
you will have been fainting
they will have been fainting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would faint
you would faint
he/she/it would faint
we would faint
you would faint
they would faint
Conditional continuous
I would be fainting
you would be fainting
he/she/it would be fainting
we would be fainting
you would be fainting
they would be fainting
Conditional perfect
I would have faint
you would have faint
he/she/it would have faint
we would have faint
you would have faint
they would have faint
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been fainting
you would have been fainting
he/she/it would have been fainting
we would have been fainting
you would have been fainting
they would have been fainting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you faint
we let´s faint
you faint
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to faint
Past participle
fainted
Present Participle
fainting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FAINT


acquaint
əˈkweɪnt
ain´t
eɪnt
complaint
kəmˈpleɪnt
constraint
kənˈstreɪnt
distraint
dɪˈstreɪnt
feint
feɪnt
greasepaint
ˈɡriːsˌpeɪnt
hain´t
heɪnt
paint
peɪnt
plaint
pleɪnt
quaint
kweɪnt
reacquaint
ˌriːəˈkweɪnt
repaint
riːˈpeɪnt
restraint
rɪˈstreɪnt
saint
seɪnt
straint
streɪnt
taint
teɪnt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FAINT

failure
fain
faineance
faineancy
faineantise
fainites
fainly
fainness
fains
faint-hearted
faint-ruled paper
fainter
faintheartedly
faintheartedness
fainting fit
faintish
faintly
faintness
faints
fainty

WORDS THAT END LIKE FAINT

attaint
bepaint
child restraint
daint
emulsion paint
enamel paint
finger paint
gloss paint
head restraint
Latter-day Saint
lead paint
liver complaint
oil-based paint
oil paint
patron saint
poster paint
self-restraint
spray paint
war paint
water paint

Synonyms and antonyms of faint in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FAINT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «faint» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of faint

Translation of «faint» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FAINT

Find out the translation of faint to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of faint from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «faint» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

微弱的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

débil
570 millions of speakers

English

faint
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बेहोश
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ضَعِيف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

тусклый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

débil
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভীরু
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

faible
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pengsan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

schwach
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

かすかな
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

희미한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kurang ajar
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

yếu ớt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மயக்கம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अस्वस्थ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

baygın
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

debole
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

słaby
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

слабкий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

vag
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εξασθενημένος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

moeg
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

svag
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

svak
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of faint

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FAINT»

The term «faint» is very widely used and occupies the 16.969 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FAINT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about faint

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10 QUOTES WITH «FAINT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word faint.
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William Blake
Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
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Nellie Bly
All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one's mind. After several months' confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate.
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Erma Bombeck
My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
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Grant Bowler
Making a movie with Lindsay Lohan is not for the faint of heart.
5
David Brainerd
A few of the sublimest geniuses of Rome and Athens had some faint discoveries of the spiritual nature of the human soul, and formed some probable conjectures, that man was designed for a future state of existence.
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Carl von Clausewitz
Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.
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Lynn Collins
I'm Irish and Cherokee Indian. I can't faint.
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Michael Crichton
I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood.
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Vincent D'Onofrio
The search for the truth is not for the faint hearted.
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Tess Gerritsen
The hunting of monsters is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who feel bound by such trivial doctrines as law or national borders.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FAINT»

Discover the use of faint in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to faint and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Faint Cold Fear
An apparent student suicide has brought medical examiner Sara Linton to the local college campus, along with her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver.
Karin Slaughter, 2009
2
Faint Praise: The Plight of Book Reviewing in America
This is the first book to analyze the field in depth, weighing the inherent difficulties of reviewing against the unacceptable practices that undermine the very reasons we read—and need—reviews.
Gail Pool, 2007
3
To Walk and Not Faint: A Month of Meditations on Isaiah 40
Completely revised more than fifteen years after its first printing, To Walk and Not Faint is Marva J. Dawn's popular first book.
Marva J. Dawn, 1997
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Faint Praise and Civil Leer: The "decline" of ...
Rowland also explores how Swift moves from the unsatisfactory use of analogy in his panegyrical "Odes," to more satisfactory use of it in the Tale and then concentrates on the prefaces of the Tale as "Panegyrical paratext."
Jon Thomas Rowland, 1994
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If You Faint Not
It is Reverend Camper's desire and prayer that it will be the first in a series to be called the "Seasons of Our Lives." This first book is written especially to encourage those who might be familiar with or going through a struggle.
Larry L. Camper, 2009
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Faint Echoes, Distant Stars
Dr. Ben Bova explores some of the key players and the arguments waged in a debate of both scientific and cultural priorities, showing the emotions, the controversy, and the egos involved in arguably the most important scientific pursuit ...
Ben Bova, 2009
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Faint harps and silver voices: selected translations
Christopher Middleton uses translation as part of his own poetic project. With this book, he offers poems from German, French, Swedish, Spanish, Arabic and Turkish, ranging as far back in time as the medieval age.
Christopher Middleton, 2000
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Where the Trail Grows Faint: A Year in the Life of a Therapy ...
Where the Trail Grows Faint began with a journal kept while I was working on another manuscript. As residents and staff opened themselves to Hannah and me, neither they nor I were aware that their stories would eventually find their way into ...
Lynne Hugo, 2009
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Faint Objects and How to Observe Them
Aimed at observers with 10-inch or larger telescopes, this guide to some of the most distant, dim, and rarely observed celestial objects is supported by background information on surveys and objects lists—some familiar, such as Caldwell, ...
Brian Cudnik, 2012
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Not for the Faint-Hearted: Metropolitan Police Commissioner, ...
In this absorbing and controversial memoir, John Stevens records highlights of his meteoric career, from walking the beat as a constable on London's Tottenham Court Road during the 1960s to the summit of his profession as Commissioner of ...
John Stevens, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FAINT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term faint is used in the context of the following news items.
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Ignore the 'Faint Whiff of Panic;' Global Growth Is Accelerating
At Credit Suisse Group AG, economists are sanguine even as they detect a “faint whiff of panic” over China's stock-market rout and the ... «Bloomberg, Jul 15»
2
This One-Of-A-Kind Cliffside Home Is Not For The Faint Of Heart …
At first sight, you'd think it was something out of a James Bond movie! Casa Brutale is the brainchild of Laertis Antonios Ando Vassiliou and ... «Elite Daily, Jul 15»
3
Filipino boy receives scholarship after photograph of him studying …
A homeless Filipino boy has been overwhelmed with aid after a photograph of him studying on the pavement using faint light from a ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
4
Animal Planet's 'Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet' Is Not for the Faint of …
If this error is occurring repeatedly, we may be experiencing technical difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience. Refresh Browser. «Yahoo News, Jul 15»
5
In (faint) praise of Major League Soccer
One of the functions of sport is to help us mark the seasons; the Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the World Series and so on and so on. Each event fills ... «Vancouver Sun, Jul 15»
6
Women are editing photos of pregnancy tests to find 'positive' results
... but is just too faint to see with the naked eye at such an early stage. ... in the hopes that they will be able to see faint traces of a plus sign or ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
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Big discoveries heralded by a faint breath of hydrogen from a distant …
... Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation used the radio telescope array to detect a very faint radio signal from galaxy PKS B1740-517, ... «CNET, Jul 15»
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The doom, the gloom and the faint bright light diminishing...the …
For some Newcastle fans, going to St James Park is a tradition that they don't want to give up, for others maybe only chance to catch up with old ... «The Mag, Jul 15»
9
Faint Praise, Indeed, for Active Management
This month, Charley Ellis published "In Defense of Active Investing." The headline intrigues because Ellis is an indexing legend. In 1975, he ... «Morningstar.com, Jul 15»
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"Cosmic Variance" --Are There Fewer Faint, Distant Galaxies in the …
The long view stirred theories of untold thousands of distant, faint galaxies. New research offers a theory that reduces the estimated number of ... «The Daily Galaxy, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Faint [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/faint>. Jun 2020 ».
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