Definition of Gain in English :

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Gain meaning in English

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see synonyms of gain


1. addition, gain, increase

a quantity that is added

Example Sentences:
'there was an addition to property taxes this year'
'they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks'

2. gain, profit

the advantageous quality of being beneficial

3. amplification, gain

the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

4. gain

the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating


5. derive, gain


Example Sentences:
'derive pleasure from one's garden'

6. acquire, gain, win

win something through one's efforts

Example Sentences:
'I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese'
'Gain an understanding of international finance'

7. benefit, gain, profit

derive a benefit from

Example Sentences:
'She profited from his vast experience'

8. arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

reach a destination, either real or abstract

Example Sentences:
'We hit Detroit by noon'
'The water reached the doorstep'
'We barely made it to the finish line'
'I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts'

9. advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win

obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

Example Sentences:
'The home team was gaining ground'
'After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference'

10. advance, gain

rise in rate or price

Example Sentences:
'The stock market gained 24 points today'

11. gain, gather

increase or develop

Example Sentences:
'the peace movement gained momentum'
'the car gathers speed'

12. bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in

earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

Example Sentences:
'How much do you make a month in your new job?'
'She earns a lot in her new job'
'this merger brought in lots of money'
'He clears $5,000 each month'

13. gain, put on

increase (one's body weight)

Example Sentences:
'She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of gain
1. (transitive)
to acquire (something desirable); obtain
2. (transitive)
to win in competition
to gain the victory
to increase, improve, or advance
the car gained speed
the shares gained in value
4. (transitive)
to earn (a wage, living, etc)
5. (intr; usually foll by on or upon)
to get nearer (to) or catch up (on)
to get farther away (from)
6. (transitive)
(esp of ships) to get to; reach
the steamer gained port
(of a timepiece) to operate too fast, so as to indicate a time ahead of the true time or to run fast by a specified amount
this watch gains
it gains ten minutes a day
8.  gain ground
9.  gain time
something won, acquired, earned, etc; profit; advantage
an increase in size, amount, etc
the act of gaining; attainment; acquisition
13. Also called: amplification electronics
the ratio of the output signal of an amplifier to the input signal, usually measured in decibels
a notch, mortise, or groove, esp one cut to take the flap of a butt hinge
2. (transitive)
to cut a gain or gains in
noun acronym for (in Canada)
Guaranteed Annual Income

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see synonyms of gain
an increase; addition
; specif.,
a.  [often pl.]
an increase in wealth, earnings, etc.; profit; winnings
an increase in advantage; advantage; improvement
the act of getting something; acquisition; accumulation
3.  Electronics
an increase in signal strength when transmitted from one point to another: often expressed in decibels
the ratio of the output current, voltage, or power of an amplifier, receiver, etc. to the respective input
verb transitive
to get by labor; earn
to gain a livelihood
to get by effort or merit, as in competition; win
to cause to be directed toward oneself or itself; attract
to gain one's interest
to get as an increase, addition, profit, or advantage
to gain ten pounds
to make an increase in
to gain speed
to go faster by
my watch gained two minutes
to get to; arrive at; reach
verb intransitive
to make progress; improve or advance, as in health, business, etc.
to acquire wealth or profit
to increase in weight; become heavier
to be fast; said of a clock, etc.
a groove or mortise, as in a piece of wood, into which another piece can be fitted

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of gain
v. gained, gain·ing, gains
v. tr.
1. To come into possession or use of; acquire: gained a small fortune in real estate; gained vital information about the enemy's plans.
2. To attain in competition or struggle; win: gained a decisive victory; gained control of the company.
3. To obtain through effort or merit; achieve: gain recognition; gain a hearing for the proposal.
4. To secure as profit or reward; earn: gain a living; gain extra credits in school.
a. To manage to achieve an increase of: a movement that gained strength; gained wisdom with age.
b. To increase by (a specific amount): gained 15 pounds; the market gained 30 points.
6. To come to; reach: gained the top of the mountain.
7. To become fast by (a specified amount of time). Used of a timepiece: My watch gains four minutes a day.
v. intr.
1. To increase; grow: gained in experience and maturity; a painting that gained in value.
2. To become better; improve: gaining in health.
3. To obtain a profit or advantage; benefit: stood to gain politically by his opponent's blunder.
4. 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.
5. To put on weight: I began to gain when I went off my diet.
6. To operate or run fast. Used of a timepiece.
a. Something gained or acquired: territorial gains.
b. Progress; advancement: The country made economic gains under the new government.
2. The act of acquiring; attainment.
3. An increase in amount or degree: a gain in operating income.
4. Electronics An increase in signal power, voltage, or current by an amplifier, expressed as the ratio of output to input. Also called amplification.
5. The reflectivity of a projection screen, usually expressed relative to the reflectivity of a standard surface of magnesium carbonate.
A notch or mortise cut into a board to receive another part.
tr.v. gained, gain·ing, gains
1. To cut out a gain in.
2. To join by or fit into a gain.

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