gain1 [ geın ] verb ***
▸ 1 get/achieve something
▸ 2 get benefit/advantage
▸ 3 increase in value
▸ 4 when clock goes too fast
▸ 5 arrive somewhere
1. ) transitive to get or achieve something, usually as a result of a lot of effort:
Extremist political parties gained 11% of the vote.
Bolivia gained independence from Spain in 1825.
In her final exam she gained a B grade.
gain access/admittance/entry to something: He gained entry to the building by showing a fake pass.
a ) intransitive or transitive to get more of something, usually as a result of a gradual process:
Her theories have only recently gained acceptance.
gain something from/by (doing) something: She hopes to gain experience by working abroad for a year.
gain in: The property has gained steadily in value since they bought it.
gain weight: I've gained a lot of weight this winter.
gain speed/momentum: The toboggan sped down the hill, gaining momentum.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to get a benefit or advantage for yourself:
gain something from (doing) something: There is a lot to be gained from schools working together.
there is nothing to be gained from/by doing something: We should act immediately. There is nothing to be gained from waiting.
gain from: Whether you succeed or fail, you will undoubtedly gain from the experience.
stand to gain (=be likely to get money or other benefits): When the business is sold, all the brothers stand to gain.
3. ) intransitive or transitive if a share of STOCK or the STOCK MARKET gains its value increases:
The NASDAQ gained 45 points.
IBM shares gained overnight.
4. ) intransitive or transitive if a clock gains, it operates too fast so that the time it shows is later than the actual time:
The clock on my computer gains a minute every day.
─ opposite LOSE
5. ) transitive MAINLY LITERARY to arrive at a place, especially one that is difficult to reach:
They finally gained the summit.
gain ground
1. ) to become more successful, popular, or accepted:
The Democratic candidate is rapidly gaining ground in many states.
2. ) to get control of more of an area in a war
gain time
to get more time for yourself in order to do something or while you wait for something to happen
`gain on phrasal verb transitive
gain on someone/something to gradually get closer to someone or something that you are trying to catch
gain 2 [ geın ] noun **
1. ) count or uncount an improvement or increase in something:
The baby's weight gain during the first six months was normal.
The Green Party made big gains in the local elections.
gain in: We have seen impressive gains in productivity over the last twelve months.
2. ) count a benefit or advantage:
It is a policy that will bring significant gains to all sections of the community.
3. ) uncount the money or other benefits that you can get from something:
for personal/material/financial gain: He seems to have entered politics solely for personal gain.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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