The child tried in vain to keep up.
He attempted in vain to secure the election of his grandson Charles.
He tried in vain to stop the water flow.
This work was completed about 1630, and was offered in vain by the author to all the publishers in Venice.
The convict tried in vain to escape several times from prison.
It is not in vain that the farmer remembers and repeats the few Latin words which he has heard.
Let's not let Carlo's death be in vain.
It is vain, therefore, to look for clearly defined and systematic presentations of the idea among ancient writers.
In a vain attempt to lose some weight, I have taken to reading the labels on the food I buy.
He tried in vain to get the whole world to be won over to liberal toleration within one or two generations.
He sent his wife to England, but delayed his own return in the vain hope that another appointment might be made.
He looked intently and inquiringly into his friend's eyes, evidently trying in vain to find the answer to some question.
He now tried to keep himself as much out of the political world as possible, but in vain, for the court would suspect him, and his friends would talk about his being king.
It was a vain attempt to clothe the truth in lies.
It may be vain to ask why the imagination will not be reconciled to flesh and fat.
But the wind slides eastward over its opaque surface in vain, till it reaches the living surface beyond.
The Persian fleet in vain endeavoured to relieve it, and Miletus did not long hold out against Alexander's attack.
The minister tried in vain to find the commandment which stated they were not allowed to do this.
As I talked, happy thoughts fluttered up out of my words that might perhaps have struggled in vain to escape my fingers.
We will not be shipwrecked on a vain reality.
We look in vain, therefore, for much more than the germs and principles of Presbyterianism in the churches of the first Reformers.
In vain the fiery young soldier strove to break loose from the shackles which hampered him.
Tony Blair was so vain that all he could think about was the glory of the opening ceremony.