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gain 1

 (gān)
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.
5.
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.
n.
1.
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.
Idioms:
gain ground
To progress, advance, or increase: Stock prices gained ground yesterday.
gain time
1. To run too fast. Used of a timepiece.
2. To delay or prolong something until a desired event occurs.

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

gain 2

 (gān)
n.
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.

[Origin unknown.]

gain

(ɡeɪn)
vb
1. (tr) to acquire (something desirable); obtain
2. (tr) to win in competition: to gain the victory.
3. to increase, improve, or advance: the car gained speed; the shares gained in value.
4. (tr) to earn (a wage, living, etc)
5. (intr; usually foll by on or upon)
a. to get nearer (to) or catch up (on)
b. to get farther away (from)
6. (tr) (esp of ships) to get to; reach: the steamer gained port.
7. (Horology) (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 to make progress or obtain an advantage
9. gain time
a. to obtain extra time by a delay or postponement
b. (of a timepiece) to operate too fast
n
10. something won, acquired, earned, etc; profit; advantage
11. an increase in size, amount, etc
12. the act of gaining; attainment; acquisition
13. (Electronics) electronics Also called: amplification the ratio of the output signal of an amplifier to the input signal, usually measured in decibels
[C15: from Old French gaaignier, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German weidenen to forage, hunt]
ˈgainable adj

gain

(ɡeɪn)
n
(Building) a notch, mortise, or groove, esp one cut to take the flap of a butt hinge
vb
(Building) (tr) to cut a gain or gains in
[C17: of obscure origin]

GAIN

(ɡeɪn)
(in Canada) n acronym for
(Banking & Finance) Guaranteed Annual Income

gain

(geɪn)
v.t.
1. to get (something desired), esp. as a result of one's efforts; obtain; secure: to gain possession of land; to gain permission to enter.
2. to acquire as an increase or addition: to gain weight; to gain speed.
3. to obtain as a profit or advantage: He didn't stand to gain much by the deal.
4. to win; get in competition: to gain a prize.
5. to win (someone) to one's own side or point of view: to gain supporters.
6. (of a watch or clock) to run fast by (a specified amount): My watch gains six minutes a day.
7. to reach, esp. by effort; get to; arrive at: to gain one's destination.
v.i.
8. to improve; make progress; advance: to gain in health.
9. to get nearer, as in pursuit (usu. fol. by on or upon): Our horse was gaining on the favorite.
10. to draw away from or farther ahead of one's competitors, pursuers, etc. (usu. fol. by on or upon).
11. (of a watch or clock) to run fast.
n.
12. profit or advantage: I see no gain in this plan.
13. an increase or advance: a gain in weight; a gain in power.
14. gains, profits or winnings.
15. the act of gaining; acquisition.
16.
a. a measure of the increase in signal amplitude produced by an amplifier, expressed as the ratio of output to input.
b. the effectiveness of a directional antenna as compared with a standard, nondirectional one.
[1425–75; < Middle French, contraction of Old French gaaing, derivative of gaaignier to till, earn, win < Germanic; compare Old High German weidanōn to hunt, forage for food]
gain′a•ble, adj.
syn: gain, attain, earn, win imply obtaining a reward or something advantageous. gain suggests the expenditure of effort to get or reach something desired: After battling the blizzard, we finally gained our destination. attain suggests a sense of personal satisfaction in having reached a lofty goal: to attain stardom. earn emphasizes a deserved reward for labor or services: to earn a promotion. win stresses attainment in spite of competition or opposition: to win support in a campaign.

gain

earn
1. 'gain'

If you gain something such as an ability or quality, you gradually get more of it.

After a nervous start, the speaker began to gain confidence.
This gives you a chance to gain experience.
2. 'earn'

If you earn wages or a salary, you are paid money for work that you do.

She earns $200 a week.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'She gains $200 a week.'

gain


Past participle: gained
Gerund: gaining

Imperative
gain
gain
Present
I gain
you gain
he/she/it gains
we gain
you gain
they gain
Preterite
I gained
you gained
he/she/it gained
we gained
you gained
they gained
Present Continuous
I am gaining
you are gaining
he/she/it is gaining
we are gaining
you are gaining
they are gaining
Present Perfect
I have gained
you have gained
he/she/it has gained
we have gained
you have gained
they have gained
Past Continuous
I was gaining
you were gaining
he/she/it was gaining
we were gaining
you were gaining
they were gaining
Past Perfect
I had gained
you had gained
he/she/it had gained
we had gained
you had gained
they had gained
Future
I will gain
you will gain
he/she/it will gain
we will gain
you will gain
they will gain
Future Perfect
I will have gained
you will have gained
he/she/it will have gained
we will have gained
you will have gained
they will have gained
Future Continuous
I will be gaining
you will be gaining
he/she/it will be gaining
we will be gaining
you will be gaining
they will be gaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gaining
you have been gaining
he/she/it has been gaining
we have been gaining
you have been gaining
they have been gaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gaining
you will have been gaining
he/she/it will have been gaining
we will have been gaining
you will have been gaining
they will have been gaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gaining
you had been gaining
he/she/it had been gaining
we had been gaining
you had been gaining
they had been gaining
Conditional
I would gain
you would gain
he/she/it would gain
we would gain
you would gain
they would gain
Past Conditional
I would have gained
you would have gained
he/she/it would have gained
we would have gained
you would have gained
they would have gained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gain - a quantity that is addedgain - a quantity that is added; "there was an addition to property taxes this year"; "they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"
indefinite quantity - an estimated quantity
accretion - something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded by recent accretions"
2.gain - the advantageous quality of being beneficial
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
account - the quality of taking advantage; "she turned her writing skills to good account"
gainfulness, lucrativeness, profitability, profitableness - the quality of affording gain or benefit or profit
3.gain - the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to inputgain - the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input
increment, increase - the amount by which something increases; "they proposed an increase of 15 percent in the fare"
loop gain - (telecommunication) the gain of a feedback amplifier or system as a function of how much output is fed back to the input; "if the loop gain is too great the system may go into oscillation"
4.gain - the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating
financial gain - the amount of monetary gain
paper profit - an unrealized gain on an investment calculated by subtracting the investor's cost from the current market price
amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money - a quantity of money; "he borrowed a large sum"; "the amount he had in cash was insufficient"
red ink, red, loss - the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue; "the company operated at a loss last year"; "the company operated in the red last year"
Verb1.gain - obtain; "derive pleasure from one's garden"
obtain - come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?"
draw, reap - get or derive; "He drew great benefits from his membership in the association"
2.gain - win something through one's effortsgain - win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
cozen - cheat or trick; "He cozened the money out of the old man"
3.gain - derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast experience"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
cash in on - take advantage of or capitalize on
profiteer - make an unreasonable profit, as on the sale of difficult to obtain goods
capitalize, take advantage, capitalise - draw advantages from; "he is capitalizing on her mistake"; "she took advantage of his absence to meet her lover"
pyramid - enlarge one's holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts
net, sack up, sack, clear - make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million"
4.gain - reach a destination, either real or abstractgain - reach a destination, either real or abstract; "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"
catch up - reach the point where one should be after a delay; "I caught up on my homework"
surmount, scale - reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc"
get at, access - reach or gain access to; "How does one access the attic in this house?"; "I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"
bottom out - reach the low point; "Prices bottomed out and started to rise again after a while"
peak, top out - to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; "That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929";"Bids for the painting topped out at $50 million"
summit, breast - reach the summit (of a mountain); "They breasted the mountain"; "Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"
top - reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"
make - reach in time; "We barely made the plane"
find - succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrow found its mark"
culminate - reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
come through, get through - succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems; "We finally got through the bureaucracy and could talk to the Minister"
run aground, ground - hit or reach the ground
5.gain - obtain advantages, such as points, etc.gain - obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "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"
steal - steal a base
rack up, score, tally, hit - gain points in a game; "The home team scored many times"; "He hit a home run"; "He hit .300 in the past season"
6.gain - rise in rate or pricegain - rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points today"
mount, wax, climb, rise - go up or advance; "Sales were climbing after prices were lowered"
7.gain - increase or develop; "the peace movement gained momentum"; "the car gathers speed"
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
8.gain - earn on some commercial or business transactiongain - earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "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"
make - act in a certain way so as to acquire; "make friends"; "make enemies"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
squeeze out, eke out - make by laborious and precarious means; "He eked out a living as a painter"
turn a profit, profit - make a profit; gain money or materially; "The company has not profited from the merger"
rake off - take money from an illegal transaction
take home, bring home - earn as a salary or wage; "How much does your wife take home after taxes and other deductions?"
rake in, shovel in - earn large sums of money; "Since she accepted the new position, she has been raking it in"
net, sack up, sack, clear - make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million"
gross - earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
pay, bear, yield - bring in; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
9.gain - increase (one's body weight); "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
flesh out, fill out, round - become round, plump, or shapely; "The young woman is fleshing out"
pack on - gain (weight); "He packed on two pounds over the summer"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

gain

verb
1. acquire, get, receive, achieve, earn, pick up, win, secure, collect, gather, obtain, build up, attain, glean, procure Students can gain valuable experience doing part-time work.
2. profit, make, earn, get, win, clear, land, score (slang), achieve, net, bag, secure, collect, gather, realize, obtain, capture, acquire, bring in, harvest, attain, reap, glean, procure The company didn't disclose how much it expects to gain from the deal.
profit lose, forfeit
3. put on, increase in, gather, build up Some people gain weight after they give up smoking.
4. attain, earn, get, achieve, win, reach, get to, secure, obtain, acquire, arrive at, procure Passing exams is no longer enough to gain a place at university.
noun
1. rise, increase, growth, advance, improvement, upsurge, upturn, increment, upswing House prices showed a gain of nearly 8% in June.
2. increase, rise, growth, addition, accretion Heavy consumption of alcohol produces rapid weight gain.
plural noun
1. profits, earnings, revenue, proceeds, winnings, takings, pickings, booty Investors will have their gains taxed as income in future.
gain on something or someone get nearer to, close in on, approach, catch up with, narrow the gap on The car began to gain on the van.
gain time stall, delay, play for time, procrastinate, temporize, use delaying tactics I hoped to gain time by keeping him talking.

gain

verb
1. To come into possession of:
Informal: land, pick up.
2. To obtain possession or control of:
Slang: cop.
3. To acquire as a result of one's behavior or effort:
Informal: rate.
4. To succeed in doing:
Slang: score.
5. To receive, as wages, for one's labor:
Informal: pull down.
Idioms: earn a living, earn one's keep.
6. To make as income or profit:
7. To derive advantage:
8. To achieve an increase of gradually:
9. To reach (a goal or objective):
Informal: hit on (or upon).
10. To regain one's health:
noun
1. Something earned, won, or otherwise acquired:
2. Something beneficial:
Translations
تَتَقَدَّم السّاعَه في الوَقْتزيادَهفائِدَه، رِبْحمَكْسَبيَربَحُ
ziskzískatpřírůstekzesílitpředbíhat se
fortjenesteopnårigdomvinde
hyötyhyötyä jostakinvahvistusvoittaminenvoitto
dobitiporast
gyarapszik
aukning, vöxturflÿta sérhagnaîur; hagur; gróîihagnast; græîaöîlast
利得得る
...을 얻다증가
artintisdaryti pažangąįgautiįsitvirtintilaimėti
atgūt spēkusgūt labumuiegūtieguvumslabums
dohitevatipridobiti
vinnavinst
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gain

[geɪn]
A. VT
1. (= obtain, win) [+ respect] → ganarse; [+ approval, support, supporters] → conseguir; [+ experience] → adquirir, obtener; [+ freedom] → obtener, conseguir; [+ popularity, time] → ganar; [+ friends] → hacerse; [+ qualification] → obtener
what do you hope to gain by it?¿qué provecho esperas sacar con esto?, ¿qué esperas ganar or conseguir con esto?
there is nothing to be gained by feeling bitterno se gana or consigue nada guardando rencores
he had nothing to gain by lying to meno iba a ganar or conseguir nada mintiéndome
Serbia's newly gained territorieslos territorios recientemente adquiridos por Serbia
to gain an advantage over sbsacar ventaja a algn
to gain confidenceadquirir confianza
to gain sb's confidence; gain the confidence of sbganar(se) la confianza de algn
to gain control of sthhacerse con el control de algo
Kenya gained independence from Great Britain in 1963Kenia obtuvo or consiguió la independencia de Gran Bretaña en 1963
my daughter has just gained a place at universitymi hija acaba de obtener una plaza en la universidad
Jones gained possession of the ballJones se hizo con el balón
Labour has gained three seats from the Conservativeslos laboristas les han arrebatado tres escaños a los conservadores
see also access, entry, ground, hand A11
2. (= increase) the shares have gained four pointslas acciones han aumentado or subido cuatro enteros
my watch has gained five minutesmi reloj se ha adelantado cinco minutos
to gain speedganar or cobrar velocidad
to gain strength (physically) → cobrar fuerzas; (mentally) → hacerse más fuerte
to gain weightengordar, aumentar de peso
I've gained three kiloshe engordado tres kilos
3. (= arrive at) → llegar a
the steamer gained portel vapor llegó a puerto
B. VI
1. (= profit)
to gain by/from sthbeneficiarse de algo
who would gain by or from his death?¿quién iba a beneficiarse de su muerte?
no one gains by putting others downnadie sale beneficiando humillando a los demás
I gained immensely from the experienceme beneficié mucho de la experiencia, saqué mucho provecho de la experiencia
see also stand C11
2. (= advance) [watch] → adelantarse; [runner] → ganar terreno
3. (= increase, improve) [shares] → aumentar de valor, subir
to gain in sth to gain in popularityadquirir mayor popularidad
to gain in prestigeganar prestigio
his reputation gained in staturesu reputación aumentó or creció
C. N
1. (= increase) → aumento m
a gain in weightun aumento de peso
Labour made gains in the Southlos laboristas ganaron terreno en el sur
the effect of a modest gain in the poundel efecto de una pequeña subida en la libra
a gain of eight per centun aumento or una subida del ocho por ciento
their shares showed a three-point gainsus acciones experimentaron una subida de tres enteros
productivity gainsaumentos mpl en la productividad
see also weight C
2. (= benefit, advantage) → beneficio m
they are using the situation for personal/political gainestán utilizando la situación en beneficio propio/para ganar terreno político
their loss is our gainellos pierden y nosotros ganamos
3. (Fin) (= profit) → ganancia f, beneficio m
the company reported pre-tax gains of £759 millionla compañía anunció haber obtenido unos beneficios or unas ganancias brutas de 759 millones de libras
see also capital C
gain on gain upon VI + PREP to gain on sb (in polls) → ganar terreno a algn; (in race) → alcanzar a algn
the police car was gaining on us fastel coche de la policía nos estaba alcanzando rápidamente

gain

[ˈgeɪn]
n
(= benefit) → bénéfice m
to do sth for financial gain → faire qch pour l'argent
to do sth for personal gain → faire qch par intérêt
(= profit) → gain m, profit m
gains and losses → pertes et profits
to do sth for gain → faire qch pour l'argent
(= increase) → augmentation f
a gain in productivity → une augmentation de la productivité
a gain of 10% → une augmentation de 10%
weight gain → prise de poids
to make a gain of four seats [political party] → gagner quatre nouveaux sièges
to make significant gains [political party] → augmenter le nombre de ses sièges
vt
(= obtain) [+ benefit] → gagner; [+ access] → obtenir; [+ control] → prendre; [+ freedom] → obtenir; [+ experience] → acquérir
to gain a place at university → accéder à l'université
to do sth to gain time → faire qch pour gagner du temps
(= increase in) to gain weight → prendre du poids
to gain 3lbs in weight → prendre 3 livres
to gain speed → prendre de la vitesse
to gain confidence → prendre de l'assurance
to gain ground → gagner du terrain
vi
(= benefit) to gain from sth → profiter de qch
to gain by doing sth → gagner à faire qch
(= increase) to gain in value → prendre de la valeur
to gain in popularity → gagner en popularité
[watch] → avancer
gain on
vt fusrattraper

gain

n
no pl (= advantage)Vorteil m; (= profit)Gewinn m, → Profit m; the love of gainProfitgier f (pej); to do something for gainetw aus Berechnung (dat)or zum eigenen Vorteil tun; (for money) → etw des Geldes wegen tun; his loss is our gainsein Verlust ist unser Gewinn, wir profitieren von seinem Verlust
gains pl (= winnings)Gewinn m; (= profits)Gewinne pl
(= increase) (→ +gen) → Zunahme f; (in speed) → Erhöhung f; (in wealth) → Steigerung f, → Zunahme f; (in health) → Besserung f; (in knowledge) → Erweiterung f, → Vergrößerung f; gain in numberszahlenmäßiger Zuwachs; gain in weight, weight gainGewichtszunahme f; gain in salesAbsatzsteigerung f; gain in heightHöhengewinn m
vt
(= obtain, win)gewinnen; knowledge, wealtherwerben; advantage, respect, entry, accesssich (dat)verschaffen; control, the leadübernehmen; marks, pointserzielen; sum of moneyverdienen; libertyerlangen; (= achieve) nothing, a little etcerreichen; we gained something for ourselvesdamit haben wir etwas für uns erreicht; what does he hope to gain by it?was verspricht or erhofft er sich (dat)davon?; to gain independenceunabhängig werden; to gain somebody’s goodwilljdn wohlwollend stimmen; to gain somebody’s confidencejds Vertrauen erlangen; to gain experienceErfahrungen sammeln; he gained a better view by climbing onto a walldadurch, dass er auf eine Mauer kletterte, hatte er einen besseren Ausblick; they didn’t gain entry to the buildingsie kamen nicht in das Gebäude hinein; we gained an advantage over himwir waren ihm gegenüber im Vorteil; to gain ground(an) Boden gewinnen; (disease)um sich greifen, sich verbreiten; (rumours)sich verbreiten; to gain ground on somebody (= get further ahead)den Vorsprung zu jdm vergrößern; (= catch up)jdm gegenüber aufholen; to gain timeZeit gewinnen; how did he gain such a reputation?wie ist er zu diesem Ruf gekommen?; he gained a reputation as …er hat sich (dat)einen Namen als … gemacht
(= reach) other side, shore, summiterreichen
(= increase) to gain height(an) Höhe gewinnen, höhersteigen; to gain speedschneller werden, beschleunigen; to gain strengthstärker werden; she has gained weight/3 kilossie hat zugenommen/3 Kilo zugenommen; as he gained confidenceals er sicherer wurde, als seine Selbstsicherheit wuchs or zunahm; to gain popularityan Beliebtheit (dat)gewinnen; my watch gains five minutes each daymeine Uhr geht fünf Minuten pro Tag vor
vi
(watch)vorgehen
(= get further ahead)den Vorsprung vergrößern; (= close gap)aufholen
(= profit: person) → profitieren (by von); you can only gain by itdas kann nur Ihr Vorteil sein, Sie können dabei nur profitieren; society/the university would gain from thatdas wäre für die Gesellschaft/die Universität von Vorteil; we stood to gain from the decisiondie Entscheidung war für uns von Vorteil
to gain in confidencemehr Selbstvertrauen bekommen; to gain in popularityan Beliebtheit (dat)gewinnen; to gain in speedschneller werden; to gain in height(an) Höhe gewinnen; to gain in weightzunehmen; to gain in prestigean Ansehen gewinnen, sich (dat)größeres Ansehen verschaffen; to gain in strengthstärker werden

gain

[geɪn]
1. n (increase) → aumento; (improvement) → miglioramento; (advantage) → vantaggio, utile m; (profit) → guadagno, profitto
gain in weight → aumento di peso
to do sth for gain → fare qc per lucro
his loss is our gain → lui ci perde, noi ci guadagniamo
the Conservatives made several gains → i Conservatori hanno guadagnato parecchi seggi
2. vt (obtain, acquire, respect, approval) → ottenere; (reputation) → farsi; (experience, wealth, knowledge, territory) → acquistare; (reach, summit, shore) → raggiungere, guadagnare; (objective) → raggiungere; (increase, weight) → aumentare di
to gain 3lbs/kilos (in weight) → aumentare di 3 libbre/chili
what do I have to gain by staying here? → che ci guadagno restando qui?
to gain strength (person) → riprendere le forze (theory) → avvalorarsi
to gain possession of → impadronirsi di, impossessarsi di
to gain ground → guadagnare terreno
to gain speed → prendere velocità
my watch has gained 5 minutes → il mio orologio va avanti di 5 minuti
to gain an advantage over sb → avvantaggiarsi rispetto a qn
3. vi (person) → guadagnare; (watch) → andare avanti
to gain in/by → aumentare di/con
to gain in weight → aumentare di peso
to gain in popularity → acquistare popolarità
gain upon gain on vi + prepaccorciare le distanze da, riprendere

gain

(gein) verb
1. to obtain. He quickly gained experience.
2. (often with by or from) to get (something good) by doing something. What have I to gain by staying here?
3. to have an increase in (something). He gained strength after his illness.
4. (of a clock or watch) to go too fast. This clock gains (four minutes a day).
noun
1. an increase (in weight etc). a gain of one kilo.
2. profits, advantage, wealth etc. His loss was my gain; He'd do anything for gain.
gain ground
1. to make progress.
2. to become more influential. His views were once unacceptable but are now gaining ground rapidly.
gain on
to get or come closer to (a person, thing etc that one is chasing). Drive faster – the police car is gaining on us.

gain

مَكْسَب, يَربَحُ přírůstek, získat fortjeneste, opnå erlangen, Gewinn κερδίζω, κέρδος ganancia, ganar hyöty, hyötyä jostakin acquérir, gain dobiti, porast guadagno, ottenere 利得, 得る ...을 얻다, 증가 toename, verwerven gevinst, vinne zysk, zyskać ganhar, ganho, lucro прибавка, приращивать vinna, vinst ได้รับ, ผลกำไร kazanç, kazanmak đạt được, sự tăng trưởng 得到, 收获

gain

n. ganancia, ventaja; provecho;
v. ganar;
to ___ weightaumentar de peso.

gain

n aumento, ganancia; (psych, etc.) beneficio; secondary — beneficio secundario; weight — aumento de peso; vt to — weight subir or aumentar de peso
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The purpose which now took possession of her was a natural one to a poor and ambitious girl, but the means she took to gain her end were not the best.
Now and then some lonely Indian hut could be seen, and occasionally a craft propelled by a man who was trying to gain a meager living from the rubber forest which hemmed in the stream on either side.
The savage struggled powerfully to gain the point of safety, and, favored by the glancing water, he was already stretching forth an arm to meet the grasp of his companions, when he shot away again with the shirling current, appeared to rise into the air, with uplifted arms and starting eyeballs, and fell, with a sudden plunge, into that deep and yawning abyss over which he hovered.
At such moments, Hepzibah would fling out her arms, and infold Phoebe in them, and kiss her cheek as tenderly as ever her mother had; she appeared to do so by an inevitable impulse, and as if her bosom were oppressed with tenderness, of which she must needs pour out a little, in order to gain breathing-room.
All this was accomplished with a subtlety so perfect, that the minister, though he had constantly a dim perception of some evil influence watching over him, could never gain a knowledge of its actual nature.
From the moment Ichabod laid his eyes upon these regions of delight, the peace of his mind was at an end, and his only study was how to gain the affections of the peerless daughter of Van Tassel.
I remember that, to gain time, I tried to laugh, and I seemed to see in the beautiful face with which he watched me how ugly and queer I looked.
There weekly arrive in this town scores of green Vermonters and New Hampshire men, all athirst for gain and glory in the fishery.
And they stuck to it till they did gain it; when instantly, a swift tremor was felt running like lightning along the keel, as the strained line, scraping beneath the ship, suddenly rose to view under her bows, snapping and quivering; and so flinging off its drippings, that the drops fell like bits of broken glass on the water, while the whale beyond also rose to sight, and once more the boats were free to fly.
We scarcely seemed to gain ground upon them at all.
The deed was signed now, he said, with sarcasm proper to the new way of life he had learned--the deed was signed, and so the agent had no longer anything to gain by keeping quiet.
The general prevalence of agricultural pursuits of a quiet and gradual nature, not requiring those periodic seasons of hurry and pressure that are called for in the business of more southern districts, makes the task of the negro a more healthful and reasonable one; while the master, content with a more gradual style of acquisition, has not those temptations to hardheartedness which always overcome frail human nature when the prospect of sudden and rapid gain is weighed in the balance, with no heavier counterpoise than the interests of the helpless and unprotected.