- 1 [transitive] to obtain or win something, especially something that you need or want gain something to gain entrance/entry/access to something The country gained its independence ten years ago. The party gained over 50% of the vote. I gained insight into the work of a journalist. He has gained a reputation for unpredictable behavior. gain somebody something Her unusual talent gained her worldwide recognition.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] to obtain an advantage or benefit from something or from doing something gain something (by/from something) There is nothing to be gained from delaying the decision. gain (by/from something) Who stands to gain from this decision? get more
- 3[transitive] gain something to gradually get more of something to gain confidence/strength/experience I've gained weight recently. opposite lose of watch/clock
- 4[transitive, intransitive] gain (something) to go too fast My watch gains two minutes every 24 hours. opposite lose of currencies/shares
- 5 [transitive, intransitive] to increase in value gain something The shares gained 14 cents. gain against something The euro gained against the dollar again today. reach place
- 6 [transitive] gain something (formal) to reach a place, usually after a lot of effort At last she gained the shelter of an old barn. Idioms
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NAmE//ɡeɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gain
he / she / it gains
past simple gained
-ing form gaining
to become more powerful or successful The Republican candidate appears to be gaining ground this week.
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to delay something so that you can have more time to make a decision, deal with a problem, etc.
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used to say that you have to take risks if you want to achieve things and be successful Phrasal Verbsgain in somethinggain on somebody/something
nothing ventured, nothing gained (saying)jump to other results