Gain meaning

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To come to; reach.

Gained the top of the mountain.

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To obtain through effort or merit; achieve.

Gain recognition; gain a hearing for the proposal.

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To obtain a profit or advantage; benefit.

Stood to gain politically by his opponent's blunder.

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To secure as profit or reward; earn.

Gain a living; gain extra credits in school.

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A notch or mortise cut into a board to receive another part.
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To move closer to a person or thing that is moving ahead; close a gap.

The runners in the back gained steadily on the leader.

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To operate or run fast. Used of a timepiece.
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The act of acquiring; attainment.
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An increase in amount or degree.

A gain in operating income.

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(electronics) An increase in signal power, voltage, or current by an amplifier, expressed as the ratio of output to input.
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The reflectivity of a projection screen, usually expressed relative to the reflectivity of a standard surface of magnesium carbonate.
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To cut out a gain in.
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To join by or fit into a gain.
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An increase; addition.
  • An increase in wealth, earnings, etc.; profit; winnings.
  • An increase in advantage; advantage; improvement.
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The act of getting something; acquisition; accumulation.
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To get by labor; earn.

To gain a livelihood.

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To get as an increase, addition, profit, or advantage.

To gain ten pounds.

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To go faster by.

My watch gained two minutes.

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To get to; arrive at; reach.
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To make progress; improve or advance, as in health, business, etc.
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To acquire wealth or profit.
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To increase in weight; become heavier.
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To be fast; said of a clock, etc.
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(carpentry) A groove or mortise, as in a piece of wood, into which another piece can be fitted.
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The amount of increase that an amplifier provides on the output side of the circuit.
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The profit on a sale (the selling price minus costs).
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In tax law, the taxable profit realized from the sale or exchange of real property, stock, or other capital property.
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An increase in signal power between two points, achieved by an active device or system such as an amplifier, which receives an attenuated input signal, applies controlled power to that signal, and outputs a signal that is a function of the input signal, but at a higher power level. Gain is the opposite of attenuation. The gain, or increase, in signal power is typically described in positive decibels (+dB). See also amplifier, attenuation, and dB.
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The definition of a gain is a profit, advantage or increase.

An example of gain is a five percent increase in earnings in the past year.

An example of gain is a five point lead on the other team.

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To come into possession or use of; acquire.

Gained a small fortune in real estate; gained vital information about the enemy's plans.

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To attain in competition or struggle; win.

Gained a decisive victory; gained control of the company.

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To become fast by (a specified amount of time). Used of a timepiece.

My watch gains four minutes a day.

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To increase; grow.

Gained in experience and maturity; a painting that gained in value.

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To become better; improve.

Gaining in health.

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To put on weight.

I began to gain when I went off my diet.

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To make an increase in.

To gain speed.

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Gain is defined as to get something or to add on or increase.

An example of gain is to take the lead in a soccer game.

An example of gain is to put on five pounds.

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gain ground
  • To progress, advance, or increase:
    Stock prices gained ground yesterday.
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gain time
  • To run too fast. Used of a timepiece.
  • To delay or prolong something until a desired event occurs.
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gain on
  • to draw nearer to (an opponent in a race, etc.)
  • to make more progress than (a competitor)
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gain over
  • to win over to one's side
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

gain time
gain over

Origin of gain

  • From Middle English gayne booty (from Old French gaigne, gain gain) (from gaaignier to gain) (of Germanic origin weiə- in Indo-European roots) Middle English gein advantage (from Old Norse gegn ready,) (and from Old French gain gain)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition