Meaning of GAIN in English

GAIN

/ geɪn; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

OBTAIN / WIN

1.

to obtain or win sth, especially sth that you need or want :

[ vn ]

to gain entrance / entry / access to sth

The country gained its independence ten years ago.

The party gained over 50% of the vote.

[ vnn ]

Her unusual talent gained her worldwide recognition.

2.

gain (sth) (by / from sth) to obtain an advantage or benefit from sth or from doing sth :

[ vn ]

There is nothing to be gained from delaying the decision.

[ v ]

Who stands to gain from this decision?

GET MORE

3.

[ vn ] to gradually get more of sth :

to gain confidence / strength / experience

I've gained weight recently.

OPP lose

OF WATCH / CLOCK

4.

to go too fast :

[ vn ]

My watch gains two minutes every 24 hours.

[also v ]

OPP lose

OF CURRENCIES / SHARES

5.

gain (against sth) to increase in value :

[ vn ]

The shares gained 14p to 262p.

[ v ]

The euro gained against the dollar again today.

REACH PLACE

6.

[ vn ] ( formal ) to reach a place, usually after a lot of effort :

At last she gained the shelter of the forest.

IDIOMS

- gain ground

- gain time

—more at venture verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- gain in sth

- gain on sb/sth

■ noun

INCREASE

1.

[ C , U ] an increase in the amount of sth, especially in wealth or weight :

a £3 000 gain from our investment

Regular exercise helps prevent weight gain.

ADVANTAGE

2.

[ C ] an advantage or improvement :

efficiency gains

These policies have resulted in great gains in public health.

Our loss is their gain.

OPP loss

PROFIT

3.

[ U ] (often disapproving ) financial profit :

He only seems to be interested in personal gain.

It's amazing what some people will do for gain .

IDIOMS

see pain noun

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WORD ORIGIN

late 15th cent. (as a noun, originally in the sense booty ): from Old French gaigne (noun), gaignier (verb), of Germanic origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.