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Definition of gain noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] an increase in the amount of something, especially in wealth or weight a $3 ,000 gain from our investment Regular exercise helps prevent weight gain. The party had a net gain of nine seats in the state assembly.
  2. advantage
  3. 2[countable] an advantage or improvement recent economic gains These policies resulted in significant gains in public health. Our loss is their gain. opposite loss
  4. profit
  5. 3[uncountable] (often disapproving) financial profit He only seems to be interested in personal gain. It's amazing what some people will do for gain. They sold the company purely for short-term gain. see also capital gain
  6. Idioms
    no pain, no gain (saying)
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    used to say that you need to suffer if you want to achieve something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gain