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gain

verb  /ɡeɪn/ us  

gain verb (OBTAIN)

[T] to obtain something useful, advantageous, or positive: He gained control of the business. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. He hoped to gain an advantage by beginning his campaign early.

gain verb (INCREASE)

[I/T] to increase in weight, speed, height, or amount: [T] I’ve gained weight, and I’m going on a diet. [T] The campaign has been gaining momentum ever since the television ads started to run. [I] Step on the gas – they’re gaining on us (= getting nearer to us). [I/T] If a clock or watch gains or gains time, it works too quickly and shows a time that is later than the real time.
gain
noun [C/U]  /ɡeɪn/ us  
[U] The commissioner denied having used his office for personal gain.
gain
noun [C/U]  /ɡeɪn/ us  
[C] Stock prices rose again today after yesterday’s gains.
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