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Dictionary definition for: Gain

1. (n) a quantity that is added; "there was an addition to property taxes this year" "they recorded the cattle''s gain in weight over a period of weeks"

2. (v) obtain; "derive pleasure from one''s garden"

3. (n) the advantageous quality of being beneficial

4. (v) win something through one''s efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese" "Gain an understanding of international finance"

5. (n) the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

6. (v) derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast experience"

7. (n) the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

8. (v) reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon" "The water reached the doorstep" "We barely made it to the finish line" "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"

9. (v) obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "The home team was gaining ground" "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"

10. (v) rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points today"

11. (v) increase in; "gain momentum" "gain nerve"

12. (v) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; "How much do you make a month in your new job?" "She earns a lot in her new job" "this merger brought in lots of money" "He clears $5,000 each month"

13. (v) increase (one''s body weight) "She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"

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