IPA: gˈeɪn


  • The act of gaining; acquisition.
  • The thing or things gained.
  • (electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.
  • (architecture) A square or bevelled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.
  • A surname.


  • (transitive) To acquire possession of.
  • (intransitive) To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress.
  • (transitive, dated) To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition.
  • (transitive) To increase.
  • (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.
  • (transitive) To reach.
  • To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.
  • (intransitive) To put on weight.
  • (of a clock or watch) To run fast.


  • (obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.
  • (obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.
  • (dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.
  • (dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.


  • (obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means.
  • (dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.
  • (dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.

Examples of "gain" in Sentences

  • The work is very gainful.
  • He tried to gain advocacy.
  • This was a gainful employment.
  • The Beatles gained popularity.
  • He gained the rank of admiral.
  • The country gained independence.
  • In the end, the gains outweigh the losses.
  • The cosmopolitan gained popularity in the society.
  • Gain, and the pursuit of gain, sharpen a man's visage.
  • In others, it is purposeful and for the gain of the perpetrator.
  • Only later did the term gain its modern usage descriptive of the provincials of the Appalachian region.
  • Our proposition is, that the finite is to be vested in a wager, in which there is an equal chance of gain and loss, and _infinitude to gain_.”
  • In coming years, as virtual, extraterrestrial, and other senses of the word gain global ground, English-users will likely take safari on new adventures in meaning.
  • The company reported a 13% gain in 2009 revenue to $981 million and adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization of $311 million for the year, which represented a 10 gain%.
  • _She will not have what she can gain_, _and will never gain what she desires_, and she will speak to no one but her betters, on account of her mother's telling her, 'that a young woman cannot do a worse thing, than be humble in her love.'"
  • Then, the phrase had struck Vincent as doting and naive, but sometime during his stay in Toulio, as his grasp of the Chinese language deepened, and as he learned—or was forced to learn—from his mistakes, he had felt the title gain merit and accuracy.
  • _____________ Class: ______________ Revision notes on Chemical Bonding Atoms lose or gain electrons to achieve a stable octet structure. (8 valence electrons)  Metal atoms  give away electrons positive ions (cations)  Non-metals gain electrons  negative ions (anions).
  • Whatever is the master's gain is the slave's loss, a loss wrested from him by the master, for the express purpose of making it _his own gain_; this is the master's constant employment -- forcing the slave to toil -- violently wringing from him all he has and all he gets, and using it as his own; -- like the vile bird that never builds its nest from materials of its own gathering, but either drives other birds from theirs and takes possession of them, or tears them in pieces to get the means of constructing their own.

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