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Definitions of gain

  1. To have profit; to encroach or advance on; to gain ground on; to prevail against or have the advantage; to obtain influence with. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; - opposed to loss. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To obtain, as profit or advantage; earn; win; arrive at. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To obtain by effort: to earn: to be successful in: to draw to one's own party: to reach: (New Test.) to escape. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To obtain; acquire; reach. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To get; win; arrive at; reach. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. To win over; propitiate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To improve or make progress; increase; advance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made the plane"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. obtain; "derive pleasure from one's garden" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. increase in; "gain momentum"; "gain nerve" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. To make progress; improve; advance; obtain the advantage; often followed by on or upon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To obtain by industry or the employment of capital; to acquire; to earn; to obtain by superiority or success; to win; to obtain; to win to one's side or over; to reach. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain by effort; to procure; to have profit or advantage; to reach or arrive at. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. the advantageous quality of being beneficial Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. increase (one's body weight); "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast experience" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. A square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain or acquire by effort or labor; as, to gain a good living. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition; as, to gain a battle; to gain a case at law; to gain a prize. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To reach; to attain to; to arrive at; as, to gain the top of a mountain; to gain a good harbor. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Advantage; proflt; opposite to loss. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. That which is gained: profit:-opp. to LOSS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  30. Profit; acquisition. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. An advantage; acquisition; profit; increase. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Something obtained as an advantage; profit; interest. To gain into, to persuade to join in. To gain over, to draw over to one's party or interest. To gain ground, to advance in any undertaking. To gain the wind, to attain the windward side of another ship. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. Profit; advantage obtained; interest. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. Convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy; profitable; cheap; respectable. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for gain

  1. He had every thing to gain and nothing to lose- a bad man, no doubt- though I never heard of him. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  2. The two faces with the candle between them seemed as it were to gain light each from the other. – The Return by Walter de la Mare
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