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: the act or process of acquiring something
: an increase in amount, magnitude, or degree
a gain in efficiency
: the increase (as of voltage or signal intensity) caused by an amplifier
especially : the ratio of output over input
: the signal-gathering ability of an antenna
gained; gaining; gains
: to acquire or get possession of usually by industry, merit, or craft
gain an advantage
he stood to gain a fortune
: to win in competition or conflict
the troops gained enemy territory
: to get by a natural development or process
: to establish a specific relationship with
gain a friend
: to make an increase of (a specified amount)
gained three percent in the past month
: to increase in (a particular quality)
of a timepiece : to run fast by the amount of
the clock gains a minute a day
the day was gaining in warmth
: to increase in weight
: to improve in health or ability
of a timepiece : to run fast
: to get closer to something pursued —usually used with on or upon
Noun The medication can cause nausea and weight gain. attributed her recent weight gain to the medication she was taking Verb They stand to gain an advantage over their competitors by getting an early start. What do you hope to gain from this? gain control of the territory Investigators are trying to gain access to the group's financial records. We were unable to gain admission to the club. We need to gain a better understanding of the problem. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain. He first gained attention as a young writer. Her theories are slowly gaining acceptance. I took the job to gain experience. See More
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NounThe company is seeing momentum in streaming, with Peacock reporting more than 20 million subscribers in the latest quarter, in its strongest quarterly gain since the service’s launch in 2020. —Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Mar. 2023 In 2021, when the total shareholder return of Zaslav’s company (then known as Discovery) declined by 22%, Zaslav’s compensation rocketed up to $246.6 million from $37.7 million the year before, a gain of 554%. —Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2023 America’s Finest City saw its annual price gain drop to 1.6 percent in December, said the S&P Case-Shiller Indices released Tuesday. —San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2023 As such, travelers coming from sea level might want to plan for an extra acclimatization day at the start of their trip, and factor in additional hiking time on trails with notable elevation gain. —Emily Pennington, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Feb. 2023 Brexit should give anyone pause about breaking up existing political and economic unions for transitory political gain. —Matt Ford, The New Republic, 25 Feb. 2023 Combined output is 204 horsepower, a gain of two horses over the outgoing hybrid. —Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 24 Feb. 2023 Afterward, Pierce accused the Republican supermajority that supported the amendment of pandering to the far right for political gain. —Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2023 Wakanda is also the source of vibranium, the indestructible material that Captain America's shield is made out of and criminals are looking to steal it for their own gain. —Kori Williams, Seventeen, 16 Feb. 2023
VerbThat approval should be simple to gain, according to Poynter. —Andrew Moreau, Arkansas Online, 4 Mar. 2023 Williamson ultimately failed to gain much momentum amid the field of two-dozen Democratic candidates and dropped out of the race before the nominating contests. —Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 4 Mar. 2023 That’s why the two companies decided that a joint venture would be the best mechanism to gain an edge over rivals. —Nicolas Goeldel, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2023 Seeking internet buzz to reach new audiences and markets has become a way for often emerging brands to use the runway as a stage to gain global attention. —Lucy Maguire, Vogue, 3 Mar. 2023 Prosecutors argued Murdaugh carried out the killings to gain sympathy before the allegations came out. —Sarah Lynch Baldwin, Allison Elyse Gualtieri, CBS News, 3 Mar. 2023 Working through the United Nations — as Blair and Secretary of State Colin Powell frequently urged — was necessary to gain international legitimacy and support. —Mario Del Pero, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2023 South Korea’s Hybe, the agency behind boy band BTS, is attempting to gain control of one of its biggest rivals, SM Entertainment. —Jacky Wong, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 Some analysts see Orban's holdout as ploy to gain concessions. —John Bacon, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2023 See More
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