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American English: /ɡeɪn/
British English: /ɡeɪn/

Translation of gain in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (acquire, achieve)
    (qualifications/degree) (British)
    he gradually gained her confidence/respect
    poco a poco (se) fue ganando su confianza/respeto
    I succeeded in gaining their attention
    logré atraer or captar su atención
    to gain access to a building
    lograr entrar a or obtener acceso a un edificio
    we're not losing a daughter; we're gaining a son
    no perdemos una hija, ganamos un hijo
    the ship gained port (Nautical)
    el barco llegó or arribó a puerto
    Smith had gained five yards over Jones
    Smith le había sacado cinco yardas de ventaja a Jones
    they gained the finals/the third round (US)
    pasaron a la final/a la tercera ronda
    the offensive gained two miles (Military)
    la ofensiva avanzó dos millas
    there's a lot to be gained from this
    esto ofrece muchas ventajas
    the Democrats have gained 15 house seats from the Republicans
    los Demócratas han obtenido 15 escaños que antes ocupaban los Republicanos
    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.
  • 2 (increase)
    to gain weight
    aumentar de peso
    the shares gained 5 points
    las acciones subieron 5 enteros
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3
    my watch is gaining ten minutes a day
    mi reloj (se) adelanta diez minutos por día
    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.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (improve)to gain in somethingthe shares have gained in value
    las acciones han subido or aumentado de valor
    she has gained enormously in prestige
    su prestigio ha aumentado enormemente
    he's gaining in fitness
    su estado físico es cada vez mejor
    she's gradually gaining in confidence
    poco a poco va adquiriendo confianza en sí misma
    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.
    1.2 (benefit, profit)
    sacar provecho
    Example sentences
    • Economic development has played a key role in improving the environment for many millions of people, although many more could gain from its benefits in the future.
    • A fine line that should be trod wisely in order to create a future where everyone can gain from the benefits of using this technology.
    • Patients in this group stand to gain from the benefit of lower early thrombosis rates with myelosuppressive medications.
    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 2.1 (go fast)
    2.2 (move nearer)to gain on or upon somebody/something
    acortar las distancias con respecto a alguien/algo


  • 1 uncountable and countable (profit) (Business)
    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.
  • 2 countable and uncountable 2.1 (increase) a gain of 40%
    un aumento del 40%
    2.2 (improvement) the gain in efficiency
    el aumento de eficiencia
    the gain in time
    la economía de tiempo
    their loss is our gain
    nosotros nos beneficiamos or salimos ganando con su pérdida
  • 3 countable (Politics)
    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.
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