rain

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noun
ADJECTIVE
driving, hard, lashing (esp. BrE), pelting, pounding (esp. AmE)
drenching, heavy, pouring, torrential
steady
drizzling, fine, gentle, light, soft

The fine rain turned to mist in the early evening.

The forecast is for wind and light rain.

warm
cold, freezing, icy
constant, continuous, incessant, persistent
intermittent, patchy (BrE)
overnight

Overnight rain had freshened up the grass.

monsoon, tropical

The monsoon rains started early this year.

spring, summer, etc.
acid
… OF RAIN
drop
inch, shower, spot (esp. BrE, informal)

We had three inches of rain last night.

A few spots of rain had fallen.

We could do with a spot of rain. (BrE)

VERB + RAIN
forecast

Rain is forecast for tomorrow.

look like, threaten

It looks like rain (= it looks as though it is going to rain).

Black clouds threatened rain.

pour with (esp. BrE)

It poured with rain all afternoon.

get caught in

We got caught in the rain on the way home.

RAIN + VERB
come down, fall, pour down, trickle
beat, drum, lash, pelt, pound (esp. AmE)

Rain beat against the roof all night.

The rain pounded down on her.

drip, patter, splash

She listened to the rain pattering against the window.

drench sb/sth, soak sb/sth

Heavy rain drenched us.

come, set in, start

The rain came just as we set off.

The rain had set in steadily by the time we got home.

cease, let up, stop

The rain didn't let up all day.

continue

The rain continued for most of the day.

threaten

With rain threatening, we headed home as fast as we could.

drive sb

The rain drove the players off the court.

RAIN + NOUN
cloud
drop (usually raindrop), water (usually rainwater)
shower, storm (usually rainstorm)
barrel, gutter (both AmE)
gear (esp. AmE)

None of us had proper rain gear.

gauge
PREPOSITION
in the rain

We found her sitting in the pouring rain.

out of the rain

Come in out of the rain.

through the rain

We drove slowly through the driving rain.

PHRASES
come rain or shine, rain or shine (figurative)

We work outside every day, rain or shine.

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verb
ADVERB
hard, heavily
a little, lightly, slightly
non-stop, solidly (esp. BrE), steadily

It had rained solidly for four days.

It's been raining steadily all day.

VERB + RAIN
begin to, start to
be going to

I don't think it's going to rain.

PHRASES
start raining, stop raining
Rain is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arrow, ↑bomb, ↑debris

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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