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[ree-geyn] /riˈgeɪn/
verb (used with object)
to get again; recover:
to regain one's health.
to succeed in reaching again; get back to:
to regain the shore.
(in a moisture-free fabric) the percentage of the weight that represents the amount of moisture the material is expected to absorb under normal conditions.
Origin of regain
First recorded in 1540-50; re- + gain1
Related forms
regainable, adjective
regainer, noun
half-regained, adjective
unregainable, adjective
unregained, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for regain
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  • He had suffered himself to regain something of his old cheerfulness of manner.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The Duke wanted a capable candidate to help him regain his ascendency.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • But at present I cannot regain my old self, I can only obey my impulses.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • She now suffered him to regain courage, by winning back some of his own money.

  • The half-minute or so of talk had enabled him to regain his breath.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for regain


verb (transitive) (rɪˈɡeɪn)
to take or get back; recover
to reach again
noun (ˈriːˌɡeɪn)
the process of getting something back, esp lost weight: this regain was inevitable
Derived Forms
regainable, adjective
regainer, noun
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Word Origin and History for regain

1540s, from Middle French regaigner (Modern French regagner), from re- "again" (see re-) + gaginer, from Old French gaaignier (see gain (v.)). Related: Regained; regaining.

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