[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. refutative,
  2. refute,
  3. reg,
  4. reg.,
  5. reg. prof.,
  6. regal,
  7. regal moth,
  8. regale,
  9. regalia,
  10. regality

Origin of regain

First recorded in 1540–50; re- + gain1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for regain


verb (rɪˈɡeɪn) (tr)

to take or get back; recover
to reach again

noun (ˈriːˌɡeɪn)

the process of getting something back, esp lost weightthis regain was inevitable
Derived Formsregainable, adjectiveregainer, 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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