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gainverb

 us   /ɡeɪn/
  • 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 ​momentumever since the ​televisionadsstarted 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 ​realtime.
gain
noun [C/U]  us   /ɡeɪn/
[U] The ​commissionerdenied having used his ​office for ​personal gain.
gain
noun [C/U]  us   /ɡeɪn/
[C] Stock ​pricesrose again today after yesterday’s gains.
(Definition of gain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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gainverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ɡeɪn/
B1 to get something that is ​useful, that gives you an ​advantage, or that is in some way ​positive, ​especially over a ​period of ​time: The ​mayor has gained a lot of ​support from the teacher's ​union. What do you ​hope to gain from the ​course? Alternative ​medicine has only just ​started to gain ​respectability in ​oursociety. [+ two objects] It was her ​performances in Aida that gained her an ​internationalreputation as a ​soprano. After you've gained some ​experienceteachingabroad, you can come ​home and get a ​job. From the late 19th ​century, ​Europeanpowersbegan to gain ​control of ​parts of the Ottoman Empire. She's ​certainly gained (in) confidence over the last ​couple of ​years. The ​dataexists all ​right - the ​difficulty is in gaining ​access to it. The ​thieves gained ​entrance through an ​upstairswindow that was ​leftopen.gain ground C1 If a ​politicalparty or an ​idea or ​belief gains ​ground, it ​becomes more ​popular or ​accepted: The Republicans are gaining ​ground in the ​southernstates.

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B1 to ​increase in ​weight, ​speed, ​height, or ​amount: I gained a lot of ​weight while I was on ​holiday. The ​car gained ​speed going down the ​hill. Good ​economicindicatorscaused the ​shareindex to gain (by) ten ​points. The ​campaign has been gaining ​momentum over the past few ​weeks.

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UK If a ​clock or ​watch gains, it ​works too ​quickly and ​shows a ​time that is ​later than the ​realtime: My ​watch has gained (by) ten ​minutes over the last 24 ​hours.
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gainnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ɡeɪn/
  • gain noun [C or U] (SOMETHING OBTAINED)

C1 an ​occasion when you get something ​useful or ​positive: Whatever the ​objections to this ​sort of ​treatment, the gains in ​terms of the ​number of ​livessaved are ​substantial. The ​minister was ​sacked for ​abusingpower for his personal gain.

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C1 an ​increase in something such as ​size, ​weight, or ​amount: Side ​effects of the ​drugs may ​includetiredness, ​headaches, or ​weight gain. After ​deductingcosts, we still made a ​net gain of £5,000. Oil ​pricesrose again today after yesterday's gains.
(Definition of gain from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gainnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ɡeɪn/
an ​increase in ​size, ​weight, ​amount, etc.: Having ​deductedcosts we still made a net gain of five thousand ​pounds. Stocks ​ended the day with a ​moderate gain.
something useful or good that you get for yourself: He was ​fired for ​abusing his ​position for his own personal gain.

gainverb [I or T]

uk   us   /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 ​temporaryemployees 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 ​cooperativeventures in China if he can gain ​access to the ​market.
gain currency to become more commonly known or ​accepted: Two ​ideas for ​constructing a ​taxreduction 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 ​groundoverseas, 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 ​overseastrading.
(Definition of gain from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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