gain


gain
[[t]geɪn[/t]]
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[/ex]
2) to acquire as an increase or addition:
to gain weight; to gain speed[/ex]
3) to obtain as a profit or advantage:
He didn't stand to gain much by the deal[/ex]
4) to win; get in competition:
to gain a prize[/ex]
5) to win (someone) to one's own side or point of view:
to gain supporters[/ex]
6) cvb (of a watch or clock) to run fast by (a specified amount):
My watch gains six minutes a day[/ex]
7) to reach, esp. by effort; get to; arrive at:
to gain one's destination[/ex]
8) to improve; make progress; advance:
to gain in health[/ex]
9) to get nearer, as in pursuit (usu. fol. by on or upon):
Our horse was gaining on the favorite[/ex]
10) to draw away from or farther ahead of one's competitors, pursuers, etc. (usu. fol. by on or upon)
11) cvb (of a watch or clock) to run fast
12) profit or advantage:
I see no gain in this plan[/ex]
13) an increase or advance:
a gain in weight; a gain in power[/ex]
14) gains, profits or winnings
15) the act of gaining; acquisition
16) elo elm
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
Etymology: 1425–75; < MF, contr. of OF gaaing, der. of gaaignier to till, earn, win < Gmc; cf. OHG 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.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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