- 1Obtain or secure (something desired, favorable, or profitable): a process that has gained the confidence of the industry [with two objects]: their blend of acoustic folk pop gained them several chart hitsMore example sentences
- Therefore, valuable knowledge on vertebrate evolution would be gained by obtaining a complete coelacanth genome sequence.
- Entry was gained by the back door of the premises.
- Entry was gained by forcing the window at the rear of the premises.
- 1.1Reach or arrive at (a desired destination): we gained the ridge
- 1.2 [no object] (gain on) Come closer to (a person or thing pursued): a huge bear gaining on him with every strideMore example sentences
- ‘I was gaining on the lead Corvette before I was obliged to execute the drive through penalty’ Chris said.
- Within a second, he had gained on me enough to only have to take a step closer to kiss me.
- It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other.
- 2Increase the amount or rate of (something, typically weight or speed): she had gradually gained weight since her weddingMore example sentences
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- Bureaucratic inertia propelling toxic waste disposal in Nevada is monumental and increasingly unwavering, gaining speed since 1982.
- Boys and girls did not significantly differ in the perception that their mothers encouraged them to gain weight and increase muscle tone.
- So the area that has had the fat suctioned out of it is less likely to gain weight or increase in fat because there are fewer fat cells in the area.
- 2.1 [no object] Increase in value: stocks also gained for the third day in a rowMore example sentences
- The LuSE all share index gained from 1,190.47 points in the previous week to 1,230.10, translating in a rise of 3.32 percentage points.
- The Irish Technology Share Index gained just 0.8 per cent to 5207.02.
- Shares in Smart Telecom gained 1.3% on the London market yesterday, valuing the company at €50m.
- 2.2 [no object] (gain in) Improve or advance in some respect: canoeing is gaining in popularityMore example sentences
- The performances are improving and gaining in confidence.
- The location has been gaining in popularity - so much so that parks officials want to stop renting it out unless the event holds some prestige value for the city.
- This facility, Mary tells us is gaining in popularity.
- 2.3(Of a clock or watch) become fast by (a specific amount of time): this atomic clock will neither gain nor lose a second in the next 1 million yearsMore example sentences
- It also depends on the constancy of its rate; meaning, that a watch gains or loses the exact same amount of time each day.
- The new clocks would not gain or lose one second in a thousand years.
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- 1An increase in wealth or resources: the mayor was accused of using municipal funds for personal gainMore example sentences
- More observed an England in which wealth and personal gain had come to mean more than Christian devotion or charity.
- Ruthless pursuit of personal gain is venerated.
- Technically, water remains a public resource, but water license holders can now sell the rights to a public resource for personal gain.
- 1.1A thing that is achieved or acquired: a balance between water loss and water gainMore example sentences
- It is unclear whether screening for diabetes would, in itself, achieve an appreciable health gain.
- The potential gain to the wider public from the results of individual studies must be considered.
- Instead they are trying to saw off the limb onto which the president has climbed in order to achieve short-term political gain.
- 1.2The factor by which power or voltage is increased in an amplifier or other electronic device, usually expressed as a logarithm.More example sentences
- A number of factors determine the gain of a laser amplifier, including input signal strength.
- The higher antenna gain allows low-power amplifiers to be used with efficient modulation and coding.
- The auxiliary amplifier is provided within the circuit to increase the gain of the cascode amplifier and has an associated output.
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- Power is not my power… It is only gainable as a part of the larger whole.
- The eternal soul known as the atma is not gainable merely by hearing about it.
- Appreciate existence and gain any knowledge gainable.
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- On the Nasdaq, losers beat gainers 2 to 1 as 447 million shares changed hands.
- ‘At the end of the day, pensioners are overall going to be gainers,’ he said.
- Forget the nay-sayers, the ones who talk about profit margins, and the real gainers from this rural sourcing.
late 15th century (as a noun, originally in the sense 'booty'): from Old French gaigne (noun), gaignier (verb), of Germanic origin.