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gain

verb [I or T]
 
 
/ɡeɪn/
to increase in amount or value: On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones Industrials gained more than 52 points.
to get something that is important or gives you an advantage, especially over a period of time: Most temporary employees say they gained new abilities through their assignments.
gain access to sth to be allowed to use or receive something: Every day, more citizens gain access to the Web and each other. MARKETING to be able to sell a product in a particular place for the first time: He is willing to invest millions of dollars in cooperative ventures in China if he can gain access to the market.
gain currency to become more commonly known or accepted: Two ideas for constructing a tax reduction have been gaining currency in internal debates.
gain ground to become more popular or successful: gain ground on sb/sth After three decades the carmaker is actually gaining ground on the competition. Even as companies in the US are gaining ground overseas, they are also sending more American-made products abroad. FINANCE to increase in value: gain ground against sth The dollar has been gaining ground against the yen in overseas trading.
(Definition of gain verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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