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Verb: gain  geyn
  1. Have the benefit of; obtain something desirable
    "gain pleasure from one's garden";
    - derive
     
  2. Acquire something through effort
    "Gain an understanding of international finance";
    - acquire, win
     
  3. Derive a benefit from
    "She gained from his vast experience";
    - profit, benefit
     
  4. Be at the destination after some time, either real or abstract; come to a given position
    - reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at
     
  5. Obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
    "The home team was gaining ground";
    - advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground
     
  6. Rise in rate or price
    "The stock market gained 24 points today";
    - advance
     
  7. Increase or develop
    "the peace movement gained momentum";
    - gather
     
  8. Earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
    "He gains $5,000 each month";
    - take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise [Brit], pull in, bring in
     
  9. Increase (one's body weight)
    "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising";
    - put on
Noun: gain  geyn
  1. A quantity that is added
    "they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks";
    - addition, increase
     
  2. The advantageous quality of being beneficial
    - profit
     
  3. The amount of increase in signal power, voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input
    - amplification
     
  4. The amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

Derived forms: gained, gains, gaining

Type of: acquire, advantage, amount, amount of money, change state, climb, get, increase, increment, indefinite quantity, mount, obtain, rise, sum, sum of money, turn, vantage, wax

Antonym: fall back, loss, reduce

Encyclopedia: Gain