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Definitions of gain

  1. rise in rate or price; " The stock market gained 24 points today"
  2. the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input
  3. reach a destination, either real or abstract; " We hit Detroit by noon"; " The water reached the doorstep"; " We barely made the plane"; " I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
  4. 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"
  5. obtain; " derive pleasure from one's garden"
  6. the advantageous quality of being beneficial
  7. the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating
  8. 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"
  9. increase in; " gain momentum"; " gain nerve"
  10. 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"
  11. increase ( one's body weight); " She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
  12. acquire or gain knowledge or skills; " She learned dancing from her sister"; " I learned Sanskrit"; " Children acquire language at an amazing rate"
  13. 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"
  14. derive a benefit from; " She profited from his vast experience"
  15. A square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.
  16. Convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy; profitable; cheap; respectable.
  17. The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation.
  18. To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain or acquire by effort or labor; as, to gain a good living.
  19. To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition; as, to gain a battle; to gain a case at law; to gain a prize.
  20. To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.
  21. To reach; to attain to; to arrive at; as, to gain the top of a mountain; to gain a good harbor.
  22. To get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage.
  23. To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily.
  24. That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; - opposed to loss.
  25. Advantage; proflt; opposite to loss.
  26. To obtain, as profit or advantage; earn; win; arrive at.
  27. To improve or make progress; increase; advance.
  28. To obtain by effort: to earn: to be successful in: to draw to one's own party: to reach: ( New Test.) to escape.
  29. That which is gained: profit:- opp. to LOSS.
  30. Profit; acquisition.
  31. To obtain; acquire; reach.
  32. To get; win; arrive at; reach.
  33. To win over; propitiate.
  34. To make progress; improve; advance; obtain the advantage; often followed by on or upon.
  35. An advantage; acquisition; profit; increase.
  36. Something obtained as an advantage; profit; interest. To gain into, to persuade to join in. To gain over, to draw over to one's party or interest. To gain ground, to advance in any undertaking. To gain the wind, to attain the windward side of another ship.
  37. To obtain by industry or the employment of capital; to acquire; to earn; to obtain by superiority or success; to win; to obtain; to win to one's side or over; to reach.
  38. To have profit; to encroach or advance on; to gain ground on; to prevail against or have the advantage; to obtain influence with.
  39. Profit; advantage obtained; interest.
  40. To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain by effort; to procure; to have profit or advantage; to reach or arrive at.
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Usage examples for gain

  1. Pardon a Lover all the ways he takes To gain a Mistress so belov'd and fair. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  2. I think, however, that we ought to gain them by whatever means and at whatever price. – History of the United Netherlands, 1592-94 by John Lothrop Motley
  3. He had every thing to gain and nothing to lose- a bad man, no doubt- though I never heard of him. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  4. Then Grimcke stepped out from the wall to gain a view of the opening which answered for a door. – The Land of Mystery by Edward S. Ellis
  5. " And to gain you over," I put in. – Dreamers of the Ghetto by I. Zangwill
  6. I've suffered as few men have suffered, that I might gain the power that I wanted. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  7. But at present it were madness to quarrel with the duke; you have everything to lose and nothing to gain – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty
  8. But I thought you wished to gain information from him? – In the Rocky Mountains by W. H. G. Kingston
  9. He seemed actually to gain a yard, and now he was near enough for us to see his white face and staring eyes. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  10. The two faces with the candle between them seemed as it were to gain light each from the other. – The Return by Walter de la Mare
  11. The children are not the only ones who gain – If You're Going to Live in the Country by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  12. Perhaps there is something or other that you hope to gain by that means? – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  13. The Chevalier urged, this simply to gain time. – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  14. Somebody put up good money to be used to gain control of a country- perhaps for the country's good. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  15. " You take a poor way, Lord Clowes, to gain your wish," said Janice. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  16. There was no gain from the crime unless she spoke. – At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason
  17. Cora smiled and walked off a little to gain time, and to think. – The-Motor-Girls-on-a-Tour by Penrose, Margaret
  18. He has nothing whatever to gain or lose in this matter. – The Betrayal by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  19. It was second down now, with nine yards to gain – The New Boy at Hilltop by Ralph Henry Barbour
  20. Thou wilt gain greatly through keeping thy word to me. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
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