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 formsre·gain·a·ble, adjectivere·gain·er, nounhalf-re·gained, adjectiveun·re·gain·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·gained, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for regain

Contemporary Examples of regain

Historical Examples of regain

  • 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 (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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper