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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
    informalland, 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
    informalrake in, haul in, bag
  • 3 they stood to gain from the deal
    profit, make money, reap financial reward, reap benefits, benefit;
    informalmake 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
    informalhit, 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
    informalbe 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
    informalput something on the back burner


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  • 1 his gain from the deal was negligible
    informalpickings, cut, take, rake-off, divvy, whack, slice of the cake
    British informalbunce
    [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
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