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English noun: gain

1. gain (quantity) a quantity that is added


SamplesThere was an addition to property taxes this year.
They recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks.


Synonymsaddition, increase


Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity


Narrower (hyponym)accretion

2. gain (attribute) the advantageous quality of being beneficial


Synonymsprofit


Broader (hypernym)advantage, vantage


Narrower (hyponym)account, gainfulness, lucrativeness, profitability, profitableness

3. gain (attribute) the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input


Synonymsamplification


Broader (hypernym)increase, increment


Narrower (hyponym)loop gain

4. gain (possession) the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating


Broader (hypernym)amount, amount of money, sum, sum of money


Narrower (hyponym)financial gain, paper profit


Antonymsred ink, red, loss


English verb: gain

1. gain (possession) obtain


SamplesDerive pleasure from one's garden.


Synonymsderive


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)obtain


Narrower (hyponym)draw, reap

2. gain (possession) win something through one's efforts


SamplesI acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese.
Gain an understanding of international finance.


ExamplesThey gain the money


Synonymsacquire, win


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Narrower (hyponym)cozen


Antonymslose

3. gain (possession) derive a benefit from


SamplesShe profited from his vast experience.


Synonymsbenefit, profit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Narrower (hyponym)capitalise, capitalize, cash in on, clear, net, profiteer, pyramid, sack, sack up, take advantage

4. gain (motion) reach a destination, either real or abstract


SamplesWe hit Detroit by noon.
The water reached the doorstep.
We barely made it to the finish line.
I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts.


Synonymsarrive at, attain, hit, make, reach


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)access, bottom out, breast, catch up, come through, culminate, find, get at, get through, ground, make, peak, run aground, scale, summit, surmount, top, top out


Entailgo, locomote, move, travel


Verb groupmake

5. gain (competition) obtain advantages, such as points, etc.


SamplesThe home team was gaining ground.
After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference.


Synonymsadvance, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Narrower (hyponym)hit, rack up, score, steal, tally


Antonymsfall behind, recede, drop off, fall back, lose

6. gain (change) rise in rate or price


SamplesThe stock market gained 24 points today.


ExamplesThe moon will soon gain


Synonymsadvance


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)climb, mount, rise, wax

7. gain (change) increase or develop


SamplesThe peace movement gained momentum.
The car gathers speed.


Synonymsgather


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)increase

8. gain (possession) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages


SamplesHow much do you make a month in your new job?.
She earns a lot in her new job.
This merger brought in lots of money.
He clears $5,000 each month.


ExamplesThey gain the money


Synonymsbring in, clear, earn, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Narrower (hyponym)bear, bring home, eke out, gross, pay, profit, rake in, rake off, shovel in, squeeze out, take home, turn a profit, yield


Verb groupclear, make, net, sack, sack up

9. gain (body) increase (one's body weight)


SamplesShe gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising.


Synonymsput on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)fill out, flesh out, pack on, round


Antonymslose weight, melt off, slim, slim down, slenderize, thin, reduce









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