/geɪn / (say gayn)

verb (t)
1. to obtain; secure (something desired); acquire: gain time.
2. to win; get in competition: gain the prize.
3. to acquire as an increase or addition: to gain weight; to gain speed.
4. to obtain as a profit: he gained ten dollars by that transaction.
5. to reach by effort; get to; arrive at: to gain a good harbour.
verb (i)
6. to improve; make progress; advance.
7. (sometimes followed by on or upon)
a. to get nearer, as in pursuit.
b. to get farther away from pursuers.
8. (of clocks, watches, etc.) to run too quickly.
9. profit; advantage.
10. (plural) profits; winnings.
11. an increase or advance.
12. the act of gaining; acquisition.
13. Electronics an increase in a signal parameter, as voltage, current, or power, expressed as the ratio of the output to the input.
14. (of an amplifier) volume.
15. gain ground,
a. to make an advance, as in the face of opposition.
b. to obtain an advantage.
16. gain time,
a. (of a clock) to run too quickly.
b. (of a plane, traveller, etc.) to travel more quickly so that arrival is sooner: we gained time after Singapore.
c. to achieve delay or postponement by slowing the proceedings: she spoke in great detail to gain time, hoping Brown would get there soon.
d. (of a musician, performance, etc.) to move at a faster tempo, often in just one part of the piece: the pianist began to gain time in the recapitulation.
{French gagner, from Old French gaaigner to get possession of, of Germanic origin, compare Old High German weidenōn to pasture, hunt, with the French alteration of w- to gu-, g-}
/geɪn / (say gayn)

1. a notch or groove cut across the edge of a board, usually made to support a cross board.
verb (t)
2. to make a gain or gains in.
{origin uncertain}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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