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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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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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