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.

Quotes of gain

  1. Religion is never the problem; it's the people who use it to gain power. – Julian Casablancas
  2. I think the crux of the matter was that if we were going to become partners in, for example, the International Space Station, we had to gain the respect of a country like the United States and particularly its space organization, NASA. – Marc Garneau
  3. A profound political question is suddenly on the table: Must the country continue to give precedence to private financial gain and market determinism over human lives and broad public values? – William Greider
  4. You learn so much from competition you gain confidence every time you have to step up and perform. – Natalie Gulbis
  5. Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense. – Arthur Helps
  6. People lose people, we lose things in our life as we're constantly growing and changing. That's what life is is change, and a lot of that is loss. It's what you gain from that loss that makes life. – Thomas Jane
  7. The first question which you will ask and which I must try to answer is this; What is the use of climbing Mount Everest? and my answer must at once be, it is no use. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. – George Leigh Mallory
  8. What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. – Thomas Merton
  9. We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. – Maria Mitchell
  10. Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue. – John Henry Newman
  11. It is conceivable that a party might gain the majority in parliament and claims the government for itself. – Franz von Papen
  12. I find myself hoping a total end of all the unhappy divisions of mankind by party -spirit, which at best is but the madness of many for the gain of a few. – Alexander Pope
  13. I believe the main solution is to gain the trust of Europe and America and to remove their concerns over the peaceful nature of our nuclear industry and to assure them that there will never be a diversion to military use. – Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
  14. If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life. – Tom Stoppard
  15. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America. – Jon Voight

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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