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Definition of gain noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    gain

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ɡeɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪn//
     
     
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    increase
  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 on the local council.
  2. advantage
  3. 2  [countable] an advantage or improvement efficiency gains These policies have resulted in great gains in public health. Our loss is their gain.
  4. opposite loss
    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.
  6. Word Origin late 15th cent. (as a noun, originally in the sense ‘booty’): from Old French gaigne (noun), gaignier (verb), of Germanic origin.Extra examples £3.9 million gains from the sale of stock August showed a gain of 144 000 jobs. Better workplace design can bring real gains in productivity. He is already reaping political gains. It’s amazing what some people will do for gain. Labour made an overall gain of 39 seats. Last year there was only a modest gain in earnings. She tucked her ill-gotten gains into her purse and left. She was most upset by her recent weight gain. The costs far outweigh any efficiency gains. The party has an uphill battle to offset the gains made by other parties. The party has made solid gains in all areas of the country. There is still scope for efficiency gains. There needs to be joint political action to consolidate the gains of the elections. There will be no financial gain for mothers from this new system. They were found to have used the investments for their private gain. This change in the tax system will mean big gains for some companies. Volunteers give their time without seeking any monetary gain. War and poverty have reversed previous gains in children’s health. the far right made huge electoral gains using the investments for their private gain He spent his ill-gotten gains on fast cars and women Regular exercise is the best way of preventing weight gain. She only seems to be interested in personal gain.Idioms (saying) used to say that you need to suffer if you want to achieve something
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