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gain

verb
 
 
/ɡeɪn/
GET [T] B1 to get something useful or positive: The country gained independence in 1948. You'll gain a lot of experience working there.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
gain by/from sth to get an advantage or something valuable from something: Who stands to gain from the will?Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of thingsMaking things betterBecoming better
INCREASE [T] B2 to increase in something such as size, weight, or amount: He's gained a lot of weight in the last few months.Increasing and intensifying
CLOCK [I, T] If a clock or a watch gains, it works too quickly and shows a time that is later than the real time. →  See also gain/lose ground , get/gain the upper hand Watches and clocks
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