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gain

gain

 
pronunciation:
geIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: gained, gaining, gains
definition 1: to acquire.
He eventually gained great wealth from his invention.
synonyms:
acquire, obtain
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
achieve, attain, clear, earn, gather, get, procure, reap, secure, win
definition 2: to win, as in a competition.
He gained the title of grand master in last year's competition.
synonyms:
win
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
achieve, attain, score, take
definition 3: to arrive at or reach.
The sea explorers gained the ocean floor.
synonyms:
arrive at, attain, reach
similar words:
achieve
definition 4: to take on as an increase.
I gained some weight during the holidays.
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
add
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to increase or improve.
She gained in confidence during this school year.
synonyms:
improve, progress
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
advance, benefit, increase
definition 2: to get closer or move nearer (usu. fol. by on).
Go faster; they're gaining on us!
synonyms:
approach, close in on
similar words:
catch up
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something gained; benefit.
synonyms:
advantage, benefit, profit
antonyms:
loss
similar words:
acquisition, avail, behoof, convenience, good, use
definition 2: an improvement or increase.
Your writing is showing a gain in clarity.He was disappointed by his gain of ten pounds since the summer.
synonyms:
improvement
antonyms:
loss
similar words:
achievement, advancement, boost, breakthrough, increase, progress, rise
definition 3: (pl.) profits.
The company saw huge gains last year.
synonyms:
profits, return
similar words:
earnings, proceeds, revenue, winnings, yield
derivation: gainable (adj.)
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