verb (used with object)
to get (something desired), especially as a result of one’s efforts:
to gain possession of an object; to gain permission to enter a country.
to acquire as an increase or addition:
to gain weight; to gain speed.
to obtain as a profit:
He gained ten dollars by this deal.
to win; get in competition:
to gain the prize.
to win (someone) to one’s own side or point of view; persuade (sometimes followed by over):
to gain supporters.
(of a watch or clock) to run fast by (a specified amount):
My watch gains six minutes a day.
to reach, especially by effort; get to; arrive at:
to gain one’s destination.
verb (used without object)
to improve; make progress; advance:
to gain in health after an illness.
to get nearer, as in pursuit (usually followed by on or upon):
Our horse was gaining on the favorite at the far turn.
to draw away from or farther ahead of the other contestants in a race, one’s pursuers, etc. (usually followed by on or upon).
(of a watch or clock) to run fast.
profit or advantage.
an increase or advance.
gains, profits or winnings.
the act of gaining; acquisition.
the volume control of a radio, phonograph, amplifier, etc.
gain ground, to progress or advance, as in value, strength, or achievement:
The company’s new products are gaining ground in suburban areas.
gain time, to arrange a postponement or delay for a particular purpose, especially by roundabout means.
[geyn] /geɪn/ Carpentry.
a notch, dado, or mortise cut into a piece of wood, as to receive another piece or to house a flap of a hinge.
a short rabbet, for receiving a flap of a butt hinge.
verb (used with object)
to make a gain or gains in.
to fasten or support by means of a gain.
(transitive) to acquire (something desirable); obtain
(transitive) to win in competition: to gain the victory
to increase, improve, or advance: the car gained speed, the shares gained in value
(transitive) to earn (a wage, living, etc)
(intransitive; usually foll by on or upon)
(transitive) (esp of ships) to get to; reach: the steamer gained port
(of a timepiece) to operate too fast, so as to indicate a time ahead of the true time or to run fast by a specified amount: this watch gains, it gains ten minutes a day
gain ground, to make progress or obtain an advantage
something won, acquired, earned, etc; profit; advantage
an increase in size, amount, etc
the act of gaining; attainment; acquisition
(electronics) Also called amplification. the ratio of the output signal of an amplifier to the input signal, usually measured in decibels
a notch, mortise, or groove, esp one cut to take the flap of a butt hinge
(transitive) to cut a gain or gains in
noun acronym (in Canada)
Guaranteed Annual Income
late 15c., from Middle French gain, from Old French gaaigne “gain, profit, advantage; booty; arable land” (12c.), from gaaignier “to gain” (see gain (v.)). The original French sense enfolded the notions of “profit from agriculture” and “booty, prey.” Implied earlier in Middle English gaignage (late 14c.) “profit from agriculture.”
1520s, from Middle French gagner, from Old French gaaignier “to earn, gain; trade; capture, win,” also “work in the fields, cultivate land,” from Frankish *waidanjan “hunt, forage,” also “graze, pasture,” from Proto-Germanic *wartho “hunting ground” (cf. Old English waþ “hunting,” German Weide “pasture, pasturage,” Old Norse veiðr “hunting, catch of fish”), from PIE *weie- “to strive after, pursue with vigor, desire” (see venison). Related: Gained; gaining. To gain on “advance nearer” is from 1719. To gain ground (1620s) was originally military.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[geynz] /geɪnz/ noun 1. Edmund Pendleton, 1777–1849, U.S. general.
[geynz-vil] /ˈgeɪnz vɪl/ noun 1. a city in N Florida. 2. a city in N Georgia. 3. a city in N Texas.
[geyn-fuh l] /ˈgeɪn fəl/ adjective 1. profitable; lucrative: gainful employment. /ˈɡeɪnfʊl/ adjective 1. profitable; lucrative: gainful employment adj. 1540s (implied in gainfully), from gain + -ful. Phrase gainfully employed attested from 1796.
/ˈɡeɪnɪŋz/ plural noun 1. profits or earnings