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  1. gain
    IPA[ɡān]
  2. verb

    • 1. obtain or secure (something desired, favorable, or profitable):

      their blend of acoustic folk pop gained them several chart hits a process that has gained the confidence of the industry
      Synonym : obtain, get, acquire, come by, procure, secure, attain, achieve, earn, win, capture, clinch, pick up, carry off, reap, gather, receive, be given, be awarded, come away with, land, net, bag, pot, scoop, wangle, swing, score, nab, collar, cop, hook, get one's hands on, get one's mitts on, get hold of, walk away with, walk off with
    • 2. bring over to one's interest or views; win over:

      to gratify the queen, and gain the court
    • 3. reach or arrive at (a desired destination):

      we gained the ridge
      Synonym : reach, arrive at, get to, come to, get as far as, make, make it to, attain, set foot on, end up at, land up at, fetch up at, hit, wind up at
    • 4. come closer to (a person or thing pursued):

      a huge bear gaining on him with every stride
      Synonym : catch up with, catch up on, catch someone up, catch, narrow the gap between, get nearer to, draw nearer to, close in on, creep up on, come up to, approach, near
    • 5. increase the amount or rate of (something, typically weight or speed):

      I have gained weight over the years
      Synonym : increase in, put on, add on, build up, acquire more of something
    • 6. increase in value:

      stocks also gained for the third day in a row
      Synonym : earn, bring in, make, get, get paid, pocket, clear, gross, net, realize, rake in, haul in, bag
    • 7. improve or advance in (some respect):

      canoeing is gaining in popularity
      Synonym : catch up with, catch up on, catch someone up, catch, narrow the gap between, get nearer to, draw nearer to, close in on, creep up on, come up to, approach, near
    • 8. (of a clock or watch) become fast by (a specific amount of time):

      this atomic clock will neither gain nor lose a second in the next 1 million years

    noun

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: gain, 3rd person present: gains, gerund or present participle: gaining, past tense: gained, past participle: gained

    • verb

      obtain or secure (something wanted or desirable):

      benefit:

    • noun

      an increase in wealth or resources:

      a thing that is achieved or acquired:

    • noun

      the increase in temperature of a building, object, or space that is caused by solar radiation:
    • noun

      a profit from the sale of property or an investment:
    • become more popular or accepted
    • obtain extra time to achieve something by deliberate delaying tactics
    • noun

      the increase in temperature of a building, object, or space that is caused by solar radiation:
    • noun

      an increase in body weight:
    • become more popular or accepted
    • noun

      a control on a video camera used to increase the gain when filming in dark conditions.
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