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gain

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 something added (as by growth)
  • attributed her recent weight gain to the medication she was taking

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2 the amount of money left when expenses are subtracted from the total amount received
  • the company posted a substantial fourth-quarter gain, signaling an end to their money-losing ventures

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3 usually gains plural an increase usually measured in money that comes from labor, business, or property
  • net gains this year were better than last

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gain

verb

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1 to gradually increase in
  • our hopes were raised as the movement gained strength

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2 to receive as return for effort
  • gained her affections with his boyishly shy manner

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3 to become healthy and strong again after illness or weakness
  • is steadily gaining after his bout with the flu and will be back on his feet soon

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4 to become greater in size, extent, volume, amount, or number
  • the new version of the car gained in both width and length compared to the earlier model

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5 to obtain (as a goal) through effort
  • vowed to gain control of the company by any means necessary

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6 to cause (someone) to agree with a belief or course of action by using arguments or earnest request
  • the radical party was able to gain some supporters with intense recruitment on college campuses

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The first known use of gain was in the 14th century

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“Gain.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gain. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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