regain

verb re·gain \ ri-ˈgān \

Definition of regain

regained; regaining
1 : to gain (something) anew : to get (something) again : recover
  • She regained her health/strength.
  • I regained my footing/balance.
  • struggling to regain his composure
  • pulled ahead to regain the lead
  • Some of them regained the weight they had lost.
  • … was still alive and slowly regaining consciousness.
  • —Walter Isaacson
  • … managed to regain control of the airplane and execute a successful landing …
  • —Peter Katz
2 : to get back to (something) : to reach (something) again
  • After a prolonged struggle to regain the ridge, during which the only assistance my partners could offer was a tight rope, I crawled back along the path I had so recently chiseled …
  • —Jeff Lowe
  • … one of them was unhorsed and then, when out of view, regained his saddle.
  • —Daniel J. Boorstin

First Known Use of regain

1569

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REGAIN Defined for Kids

regain

verb re·gain \ ri-ˈgān \

Definition of regain for Students

regained; regaining
1 : to gain or get again : get back
  • I regained my health.
2 : to get back to : reach again
  • The swimmer regained the shore.


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