Definitions for GAINgeɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to get (something desired), esp. as a result of one's efforts; obtain; secure:

    to gain possession of land; to gain permission to enter.

  2. to acquire as an increase or addition:

    to gain weight; to gain speed.

  3. to obtain as a profit or advantage:

    He didn't stand to gain much by the deal.

  4. to win; get in competition:

    to gain a prize.

  5. to win (someone) to one's own side or point of view:

    to gain supporters.

  6. (of a watch or clock) to run fast by (a specified amount):

    My watch gains six minutes a day.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. to reach, esp. by effort; get to; arrive at:

    to gain one's destination.

  8. (v.i.)to improve; make progress; advance:

    to gain in health.

  9. to get nearer, as in pursuit (usu. fol. by on or upon):

    Our horse was gaining on the favorite.

  10. to draw away from or farther ahead of one's competitors, pursuers, etc. (usu. fol. by on or upon).

  11. (of a watch or clock) to run fast.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. (n.)profit or advantage:

    I see no gain in this plan.

  13. an increase or advance:

    a gain in weight; a gain in power.

  14. gains, profits or winnings.

  15. the act of gaining; acquisition.

  16. a measure of the increase in signal amplitude produced by an amplifier, expressed as the ratio of output to input. the effectiveness of a directional antenna as compared with a standard, nondirectional one.

    Category: Electronics, Electricity and Magnetism

* Syn: gain , attain , earn , win imply obtaining a reward or something advantageous. gain suggests the expenditure of effort to get or reach something desired: After battling the blizzard, we finally gained our destination. attain suggests a sense of personal satisfaction in having reached a lofty goal: to attain stardom. earn emphasizes a deserved reward for labor or services: to earn a promotion. win stresses attainment in spite of competition or opposition: to win support in a campaign.

Origin of gain:

1425–75; < MF, contr. of OF gaaing, der. of gaaignier to till, earn, win < Gmc; cf. OHG weidanōn to hunt, forage for food


Princeton's WordNet

  1. addition, increase, gain(noun)

    a quantity that is added

    "there was an addition to property taxes this year"; "they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"

  2. profit, gain(noun)

    the advantageous quality of being beneficial

  3. amplification, gain(noun)

    the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

  4. gain(verb)

    the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

  5. derive, gain(verb)


    "derive pleasure from one's garden"

  6. acquire, win, gain(verb)

    win something through one's efforts

    "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"

  7. profit, gain, benefit(verb)

    derive a benefit from

    "She profited from his vast experience"

  8. reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain(verb)

    reach a destination, either real or abstract

    "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"

  9. gain, advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground(verb)

    obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

    "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"

  10. advance, gain(verb)

    rise in rate or price

    "The stock market gained 24 points today"

  11. gain, gather(verb)

    increase or develop

    "the peace movement gained momentum"; "the car gathers speed"

  12. gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring in(verb)

    earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

    "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"

  13. gain, put on(verb)

    increase (one's body weight)

    "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gain(verb)ˈeɪn

    to obtain a benefit or achieve

    In the three years he had gained a lot of experience.; Who will gain from the agreement?

  2. gainˈeɪn

    ≠ lose

    I gained so much weight on vacation.

  3. gain(noun)ˈeɪn

    an advantage

    significant gains in the fight against malaria; There was no gain in lying to his family and friends.

  4. gainˈeɪn

    money from sth

    He was accused of running the project for personal gain.

  5. gainˈeɪn

    an increase in amount, rate, etc.

    weight gain; house price gains


  1. gain(Noun)

    The act of gaining.

  2. gain(Noun)

    What one gains, as a return on investment or dividend.

    No pain, no gain.

  3. gain

    The factor by which a signal is multiplied.

  4. gain(Verb)

    To acquire possession of what one did not have before.

    Looks like you've gained a new friend.

  5. gain(Verb)

    To increase.

  6. gain

    To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.

  7. gain

    To reach.

  8. gain

    To put on weight.

    I've been gaining (weight).

  9. gain

    To run fast.

  10. Origin: From gayn, gein, geyn, from gegn, from gegn (whence gagna); see below at gain. Adverb from gayne, from the adjective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gain(noun)

    a square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam

  2. Gain(adj)

    convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy; profitable; cheap; respectable

  3. Gain(verb)

    that which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; -- opposed to loss

  4. Gain(verb)

    the obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation

  5. Gain(noun)

    to get, as profit or advantage; to obtain or acquire by effort or labor; as, to gain a good living

  6. Gain(noun)

    to come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition; as, to gain a battle; to gain a case at law; to gain a prize

  7. Gain(noun)

    to draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate

  8. Gain(noun)

    to reach; to attain to; to arrive at; as, to gain the top of a mountain; to gain a good harbor

  9. Gain(noun)

    to get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage

  10. Gain(verb)

    to have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily


  1. Gain

    In electronics, gain is a measure of the ability of a circuit to increase the power or amplitude of a signal from the input to the output, by adding energy to the signal converted from some power supply. It is usually defined as the mean ratio of the signal output of a system to the signal input of the same system. It may also be defined on a logarithmic scale, in terms of the decimal logarithm of the same ratio. A gain greater than one, that is, amplification, is the defining property of an active component or circuit, while a passive circuit will have a gain of less than one. Thus, the term gain on its own is ambiguous. For example, "a gain of five" may imply that either the voltage, current or the power is increased by a factor of five, although most often this will mean a voltage gain of five for audio and general purpose amplifiers, especially operational amplifiers, but a power gain for radio frequency amplifiers. Furthermore, the term gain is also applied in systems such as sensors where the input and output have different units; in such cases the gain units must be specified, as in "5 microvolts per photon" for the responsivity of a photosensor. The "gain" of a bipolar transistor normally refers to forward current transfer ratio, either hFE, or sometimes hfe.

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Anagrams of GAIN

  1. Agin

  2. Agni

  3. Gina

Translations for GAIN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an increase (in weight etc)

a gain of one kilo.

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