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gain

Synonyms of gain in English:

verb

  • 1 he gained a scholarship to the college
    obtain, get, secure, acquire, come by, procure, attain, achieve, earn, win, garner, capture, clinch, pick up, carry off, reap
    informal land, net, bag, scoop, wangle, swing, walk away/off with
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 2 they stood to gain from the deal
    profit, make money, reap benefits, benefit, do well
    informal make a killing
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 3 the dog gained weight
    put on, increase in
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 4 the others were gaining on us
    catch up with/on, catch someone up, catch, close (in) on, near
  • 5 we finally gained the ridge
    reach, arrive at, get to, come to, make, attain, set foot on
    informal hit, wind up at
  • noun

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  • 1 his gain from the deal
    profit, advantage, benefit, reward;
    percentage, takings, yield, return, winnings, receipts, proceeds, dividend, interest
    informal pickings, cut, take, divvy, slice, piece of the pie
    [Antonyms] loss
  • 2 a price gain of 7.5 percent
    increase, rise, increment, augmentation, addition
    [Antonyms] decrease
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    Quote

    Don't look back. Something may be gaining on you.
    Satchel Paige, American baseball player

    Phrases

    gain time

    1
    the district attorney had run out of plausible ways to gain time
    play for time, stall, procrastinate, delay, temporize, hold back, hang back, hang fire, dally, drag one's feet

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