- 1regain something to get back something you no longer have, especially an ability or a quality I struggled to regain some dignity. The party has regained control of the region. She paused on the edge, trying to regain her balance. He did not regain consciousness (= wake up after being unconscious) for several days.
- 2regain something (literary) to get back to a place that you have left They finally managed to regain the beach. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French regagner (see re-, gain).Extra examples He is making a bid to regain his World No 1 ranking. He was determined to regain what his father had lost. He was severely injured and never regained consciousness. She soon regained her composure. She struggled to regain her composure. The team are struggling to regain last season’s form. a chance to regain the lead in the contest European car manufacturers have regained market share from imports. He did not regain consciousness for several days. She paused on the edge, trying to regain her balance. Wheat prices should soon regain their usual high price levels.
BrE BrE//rɪˈɡeɪn//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡeɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they regain
BrE BrE//rɪˈɡeɪn//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡeɪn//he / she / it regains
BrE BrE//rɪˈɡeɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡeɪnz//past simple regained
BrE BrE//rɪˈɡeɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡeɪnd//past participle regained
BrE BrE//rɪˈɡeɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡeɪnd//-ing form regaining
BrE BrE//rɪˈɡeɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈɡeɪnɪŋ//