gain

1
[ geyn ]
/ geɪn /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. gail,
  2. gaillard,
  3. gaillard cut,
  4. gaillardia,
  5. gaily,
  6. gain ground,
  7. gainer,
  8. gaines,
  9. gaines, edmund pendleton,
  10. gainesville

Idioms

    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

1
1425–75; late Middle English (noun) < Middle French, contraction of Old French gaaing, noun derivative of gaaignier to till, earn, win < Germanic; compare Old High German weidanōn to hunt, forage for food

SYNONYMS FOR gain
1. procure. Gain, attain, earn, win imply obtaining a reward or something advantageous. Gain carries the least suggestion of method or of effort expended. Attain emphasizes the reaching of a goal. Earn emphasizes the exertions and labor expended that deserve reward. Win emphasizes attainment in spite of competition or opposition. 7. attain. 13. addition, increment, acquisition.

Related formsgain·a·ble, adjectiveun·gain·a·ble, adjective

gain

2
[ 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

2
1670–80; perhaps akin to obsolete gane, Old English (north) ganian to yawn, open

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British Dictionary definitions for gains

gains

/ (ɡeɪnz) /

pl n

profits or winningsill-gotten gains

GAIN

/ (ɡeɪn) /

n acronym for (in Canada)

Guaranteed Annual Income

gain

1
/ (ɡeɪn) /

verb

noun

See also gains

Derived Formsgainable, adjective

Word Origin for gain

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

gain

2
/ (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

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Word Origin and History for gains
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Medicine definitions for gains

gain

[ gān ]

n.

An increase in amount or degree.
Progress; advancement.

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Idioms and Phrases with gains

gain

In addition to the idiom beginning with gain

  • gain ground

also see:

  • ill-gotten gains
  • no pain, no gain
  • nothing ventured, nothing gained
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