Definition of regain in English:

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regain

Pronunciation: /rɪˈɡeɪn/

verb

[with object]
1Obtain possession or use of (something, typically a quality or ability) again after losing it: he soon regained his composure
More example sentences
  • Wilson has regained the ability to laugh at himself and Mr Young said his recent progress had been tremendous.
  • Then we must work hard later in life to regain the abilities we had as children.
  • The House of Commons itself would regain much of the power lost over the last three years.
Synonyms
recover, get back, win back, recoup, retrieve, reclaim, repossess, have something returned, be reunited with, rescue, salvage;
1.1Reach (a place, position, or thing) again; get back to: they were unable to regain their boats
More example sentences
  • Her main target is to regain the world No 1 spot she held for three weeks in the autumn.
  • The lost corner of the west had regained its central position and Europe had reclaimed its east.
  • Thus the viol consort has to some extent regained its place as the chamber ensemble par excellence.
Synonyms
return to, get back to, find one's way back to, reach again, reattain, rejoin

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French regagner (see re-, gain).

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