I. noun Etymology: Middle English gayne, from Anglo-French gaigne, gain, from gaaigner to till, earn, gain, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German weidanōn to hunt for food, Old English wāth pursuit, hunt Date: 14th century 1. resources or advantage acquired or increased ; profit <
made substantial gains last year
2. the act or process of gaining 3. a. an increase in amount, magnitude, or degree <
a gain in efficiency
b. the increase (as of voltage or signal intensity) caused by an amplifier; especially the ratio of output over input c. the signal-gathering ability of an antenna II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to acquire or get possession of usually by industry, merit, or craft <
gain an advantage
he stood to gain a fortune
b. to win in competition or conflict <
the troops gained enemy territory
c. (1) to arrive at ; reach, attain <
gained the river that night
(2) traverse, cover <
gained 10 yards on the play
d. to get by a natural development or process <
gain strength
e. to establish a specific relationship with <
gain a friend
2. a. to make an increase of (a specified amount) <
gained three percent in the past month
b. to increase in (a particular quality) <
gain momentum
3. to win to one's side ; persuade <
gain adherents to a cause
4. to cause to be obtained or given ; attract <
gain attention
5. of a timepiece to run fast by the amount of <
the clock gains a minute a day
intransitive verb 1. to get advantage ; profit <
hoped to gain by the deal
2. a. increase <
the day was gaining in warmth
b. to increase in weight c. to improve in health or ability 3. of a timepiece to run fast 4. to get closer to something pursued — usually used with on or upongainer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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