- (transitive) To acquire possession of what one did not have before.
- (transitive) To increase.
- (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.
- (transitive) To reach.
- (intransitive) To put on weight.
- (of a clock or watch) To run fast.
NounGain (plural Gains)
- The act of gaining.
- What one gains, as a return on investment or dividend.
- (electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.
- (obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.
- the gainest way
- (obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.
- (dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.
- (dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.
- (obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means.
- (dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.
- (dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.
Adjectives for Gain
- (acquire or the act of gaining) glorious; immense; sure; intellectual; eternal; substantial; capital; selfish; adequate; personal; speculative; happy; immediate; indubitable; obvious; fruitful; fallacious; indicated; unhallowed; qualitative; scanty; treacherous; pecuniary; proper; equivalent; territorial; untold; mystic; appreciable; unjust; corporate; hopeless.
Verbs for Gain
accomplish—; acquire—; begrudge—; claim—; content with—; count—; derive—; dissipate —s; forego—; promise—; register—; seek—; serve for—; spurn—; struggle for—; yield—; —astonishes; —benefits; —decreases; —increases; —mounts; —outweighs.
Adverbs for Gain
vastly; legally; lawfully; ethically; deservedly; definitely; unquestionably; incredibly; consistently; incessantly; singularly; substantially; gloriously; immensely; speculalively; indubitably; unhallowedly; pecuniarily; territorially; subtly.
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From Middle English gayn, gein, geyn (“straight, direct, short, fit, good”), from Old Norse gegn (“straight, direct, short, ready, serviceable, kindly”), from gegn (“opposite, against”, adv) (> gagna (“to go against, meet, suit, be meet”)); see below at gain. Adverb from Middle English gayne (“fitly, quickly”), from the adjective.
From Middle English gain, gein (“profit, advantage”), from Old Norse gagn (“benefit, advantage, use”), from Proto-Germanic *gagnan, *gaganan (“gain, profit", literally "return”), from Proto-Germanic *gagana (“back, against, in return”), a reduplication of Proto-Germanic *ga- (“with, together”), from Proto-Indo-European *kom (“next to, at, with, along”). Cognate with Icelandic gagn (“gain, advantage, use”), Swedish gagn (“benefit, profit”), Danish gavn (“gain, profit, success”), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌲𐌴𐌹𐌲𐌰𐌽 (gageigan, “to gain, profit”), Old Norse gegn (“ready”), Swedish dialectal gen (“useful, noteful”), Latin cum (“with”); see gain-, again, against. Compare also Middle English gainen (“to be of use, profit, avail”), Icelandic and Swedish gagna (“to avail, help”), Danish gavne (“to benefit”).
The Middle English word was reinforced due to similarity in form and meaning by unrelated Middle French gain (“advancement, cultivation”), with which it was confused. Middle French gain rather is a contraction of Old French gaaing, gaaigne, gaigne, a noun derivative of gaaignier (“to till, earn, win”), also of Germanic origin, but from a different root, Frankish *waidanōnan (“to pasture, graze, hunt for food”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *waiþiz, *waiþī, *waiþō, *waiþijō (“pasture, field, hunting ground”); compare Old High German weidōn, weidanōn (“to hunt, forage for food”) (Modern German Weide (“pasture”)), Old Norse veiða (“to catch, hunt”), Old English wǣþan (“to hunt, chase, pursue”). Related to wide.
Gain m. (plural Gains)