Share this entry


Synonyms of gain in English:


  • 1 he gained an entrance scholarship to the college
    obtain, get, acquire, come by, procure, secure, attain, achieve, earn, win, capture, clinch, pick up, carry off, reap, gather;
    receive, be given, be awarded, come away with
    informal land, net, bag, pot, scoop, wangle, swing, score, nab, collar, cop, hook, get one's hands on, get one's mitts on, get hold of, walk away with, walk off with
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 2 the workers gain high salaries
    earn, bring in, make, get, get paid, pocket, clear, gross, net, realize
    informal rake in, haul in, bag
  • 3 they stood to gain from the deal
    profit, make money, reap financial reward, reap benefits, benefit;
    informal make a killing, milk, cash in on
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 4 all four patients recovered and gained weight
    increase in, put on, add on, build up;
    acquire more of something
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 5 we were in the lead but the others were gaining on us
    catch up with, catch up on, catch someone up, catch, narrow the gap between, get nearer to, draw nearer to, close in on, creep up on, come up to, approach, near
  • 6 it took a while to gain the high ridge
    reach, arrive at, get to, come to, get as far as, make, make it to, attain, set foot on;
    end up at, land up at, fetch up at
    informal hit, wind up at
  • Phrases

    gain ground
    the trend is gaining ground rapidly
    [Antonyms] retrogress, stagnate
    make headway, make progress, make strides, progress, advance, proceed, move, get on, get ahead, come on, come along
    informal be getting there
    gain time
    the government was using the negotiations to gain time
    play for time, stall, procrastinate, delay, use delaying tactics, temporize, hold back, hang back, hang fire, dally, drag one's feet, use dilatory tactics
    informal put something on the back burner


    Back to top  
  • 1 his gain from the deal was negligible
    informal pickings, cut, take, rake-off, divvy, whack, slice of the cake
    British informal bunce
    [Antonyms] loss
  • 2 the effect of overeating is weight gain
    increase, augmentation, addition, rise, increment, accretion, accumulation
    [Antonyms] decrease
  • 3 he made the biggest gain in the last leg of the race
    advance, advancement, progress, forward movement, headway, improvement, step forward
  • Share this entry

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.