Gain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡeɪn|  American pronunciation of the word gain
Brit.  |ɡeɪn|  British pronunciation of the word gain


- a quantity that is added(syn: addition, increase)
- the advantageous quality of being beneficial (syn: profit)
- the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input (syn: amplification)
- the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating


- obtain (syn: derive)
- win something through one's efforts (syn: acquire, win)
- derive a benefit from (syn: benefit, profit)
- reach a destination, either real or abstract (syn: attain, hit, make, reach)
- obtain advantages, such as points, etc.(syn: advance, win)
- rise in rate or price(syn: advance)
- increase or develop(syn: gather)
- earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages (syn: clear, earn, make, realise, realize)
- increase (one's body weight)


The medication can cause nausea and weight gain.

...attributed her recent weight gain to the medication she was taking...

They stand to gain an advantage over their competitors by getting an early start.

What do you hope to gain from this?

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.

He gains a hundred a year.

My watch gains.

The sea has been gaining on the east coast of England for many years.

Radical left-wing parties gained control of local authorities.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gain
he/she/it: gains
present participle: gaining
past tense: gained
past participle: gained
singular: gain
plural: gains
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