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Happily; gladly: "I would fain improve every opportunity to wonder and worship, as a sunflower welcomes the light" (Henry David Thoreau).
1. Ready; willing.
2. Pleased; happy.
3. Obliged or required.
[Middle English, from Old English fægen, joyful, glad.]
(usually with would) archaic willingly; gladly: she would fain be dead.
a. willing or eager
[Old English fægen; related to Old Norse fegiun happy, Old High German gifehan to be glad, Gothic fahehs joy; see fawn2]
1. gladly; willingly: He fain would accept.adj.
2. content; willing.
3. constrained; obliged.
4. glad; pleased.
5. desirous; eager.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English fæg(e)n]
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|Adj.||1.||fain - having made preparations; "prepared to take risks"|
willing - disposed or inclined toward; "a willing participant"; "willing helpers"
|Adv.||1.||fain - in a willing manner; "this was gladly agreed to"; "I would fain do it"|