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Meaning & Definition of Gain in English

English

Gain

/gen/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • addition
  • ,
  • increase
  • ,
  • gain

2. The advantageous quality of being beneficial

    synonym:
  • profit
  • ,
  • gain

3. The amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

    synonym:
  • amplification
  • ,
  • gain

4. The amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

    synonym:
  • gain

verb

1. Obtain

  • "Derive pleasure from one's garden"
    synonym:
  • derive
  • ,
  • gain

2. Win something through one's efforts

  • "I acquired a passing knowledge of chinese"
  • "Gain an understanding of international finance"
    synonym:
  • acquire
  • ,
  • win
  • ,
  • gain

3. Derive a benefit from

  • "She profited from his vast experience"
    synonym:
  • profit
  • ,
  • gain
  • ,
  • benefit

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • reach
  • ,
  • make
  • ,
  • attain
  • ,
  • hit
  • ,
  • arrive at
  • ,
  • gain

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • gain
  • ,
  • advance
  • ,
  • win
  • ,
  • pull ahead
  • ,
  • make headway
  • ,
  • get ahead
  • ,
  • gain ground

6. Rise in rate or price

  • "The stock market gained 24 points today"
    synonym:
  • advance
  • ,
  • gain

7. Increase or develop

  • "The peace movement gained momentum"
  • "The car gathers speed"
    synonym:
  • gain
  • ,
  • gather

8. 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"
    synonym:
  • gain
  • ,
  • take in
  • ,
  • clear
  • ,
  • make
  • ,
  • earn
  • ,
  • realize
  • ,
  • realise
  • ,
  • pull in
  • ,
  • bring in

9. Increase (one's body weight)

  • "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
    synonym:
  • gain
  • ,
  • put on

Examples of using

Tom wants to know how he can gain weight.
To gain time we took the plane.
For everything you gain, you lose something else.