gain ( gains plural & 3rd person present) ( gaining present participle) ( gained past tense & past participle )
1 verb If a person or place gains something such as an ability or quality, they gradually get more of it.
Students can gain valuable experience by working on the campus radio or magazine... V n
While it has lost its tranquility, the area has gained in liveliness. V in n
2 verb If you gainfrom something such as an event or situation, you get some advantage or benefit from it.
The company didn't disclose how much it expects to gain from the two deals... V n from/by n/-ing
There is absolutely nothing to be gained by feeling bitter... V n from/by n/-ing
It is sad that a major company should try to gain from other people's suffering. V from n
3 verb To gain something such as weight or speed means to have an increase in that particular thing., (Antonym: lose)
Some people do gain weight after they stop smoking... V n
She gained some 25lb in weight during her pregnancy. V amount
Gain is also a noun., n-var usu with supp
Excessive weight gain doesn't do you any good.
4 verb If you gain something, you obtain it, especially after a lot of hard work or effort.
They realise that passing exams is no longer enough to gain a place at university... V n
5 If you do something for gain, you do it in order to get some advantage or profit for yourself, and for no other reason.
for gain phrase PHR after v (disapproval)
...buying art solely for financial gain.
6 If something such as an idea or an ideal gains ground, it gradually becomes more widely known or more popular.
gain ground phrase V inflects
The Christian right has been steadily gaining ground in state politics.
7 If you do something in order to gain time, you do it in order to give yourself enough time to think of an excuse or a way out of a difficult situation.
gain time phrase V inflects, oft PHR to-inf
I hoped to gain time by keeping him talking. gain on phrasal verb If you gain on someone or something that is moving in front of you, you gradually get closer to them.
The Mercedes began to gain on the van. V P n