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Pronunciation: /geɪn/

Translation of gain in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (acquire, achieve) [independence/control] conseguir*, obtener*; [experience/self-confidence] adquirir*; [recognition] obtener*, ganarse; [friends] hacerse*; [qualifications/degree] (British English/inglés británico) obtener* 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/Náutica] 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 (American English/inglés norteamericano) pasaron a la final/a la tercera ronda the offensive gained two miles [Military/Militar] 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) [strength/speed] ganar, cobrar to gain weight aumentar de peso, engordar 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 [time] ganar 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/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (improve)to gain in sth the 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 1.2 (benefit, profit) beneficiarse, 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.
    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 2.1 (go fast) [clock/watch] adelantar(se) 2.2 (move nearer)to gain on oupon sb/sth acortar las distancias con respecto a algn/algo


  • 2 c and u 2.1 (increase) aumento (masculine) 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

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