Definitions for gainable

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  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



  1. gainable(Adjective)

    Capable of being gained (in any sense), obtained, or reached.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gainable(verb)

    capable of being obtained or reached


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