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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gain ground - obtain advantages, such as points, etc.gain ground - 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"
Translations
يَتَقَدَّميكْسَب رِضا، يُحْرِزُ تَقَدُّمـا
dělat pokrokyprosazovat se
tért hódít
eflast, verîa áhrifameirisækja á
ilerleme kaydetmekilerlemek

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.
References in classic literature ?
After riding for some time together, in friendly conversation, Wyeth returned to his party, and Captain Bonneville continued to press forward, and to gain ground.
We scarcely seemed to gain ground upon them at all.
Undoubtedly," said Villefort, moderating the tones of his voice, "a marriage once concerted and then broken off, throws a sort of discredit on a young lady; then again, the old reports, which I was so anxious to put an end to, will instantly gain ground.
It was plain that it must not be allowed to gain ground.