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gain

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[ geyn ]
/ geɪn /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms about gain

    gain ground, to progress or advance, as in value, strength, or achievement: The company's new products are gaining ground in suburban areas.
    gain time, to arrange a postponement or delay for a particular purpose, especially by roundabout means.

Origin of gain

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1425–75; late Middle English (noun), from Middle French, contraction of Old French gaaing, noun derivative of gaaignier “to till, earn, win,” from Germanic; compare Old High German weidanōn “to hunt, forage for food”

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1. Gain, attain, earn, win imply obtaining a reward or something advantageous. Gain carries the least suggestion of method or of effort expended: After battling the blizzard, we finally gained our destination. Attain emphasizes the reaching of a goal: to attain stardom. Earn emphasizes the exertions and labor expended that deserve reward: to earn a promotion. Win emphasizes attainment in spite of competition or opposition: to win support in a campaign.

OTHER WORDS FROM gain

gain·a·ble, adjectiveun·gain·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for gain (2 of 2)

gain2
[ geyn ]
/ geɪn /
Carpentry.

noun
a notch, dado, or mortise cut into a piece of wood, as to receive another piece or to house a flap of a hinge.
a short rabbet, for receiving a flap of a butt hinge.
verb (used with object)
to make a gain or gains in.
to fasten or support by means of a gain.

Origin of gain

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1670–80; perhaps akin to obsolete gane,Old English (north) ganian to yawn, open
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British Dictionary definitions for gain (1 of 3)

gain1
/ (ɡeɪn) /

verb
noun
See also gains

Derived forms of gain

gainable, adjective

Word Origin for gain

C15: from Old French gaaignier, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German weidenen to forage, hunt

British Dictionary definitions for gain (2 of 3)

gain2
/ (ɡeɪn) /

noun
a notch, mortise, or groove, esp one cut to take the flap of a butt hinge
verb
(tr) to cut a gain or gains in

Word Origin for gain

C17: of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for gain (3 of 3)

GAIN
/ (ɡeɪn) /

n acronym for (in Canada)
Guaranteed Annual Income
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Medical definitions for gain

gain
[ gān ]

n.
An increase in amount or degree.
Progress; advancement.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with gain

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