- gaingain1 [gān]n.[ME < OFr gaaigne < gaaignier: see GAIN1 the vt.]1. an increase; addition; specif.,a) [often pl.] an increase in wealth, earnings, etc.; profit; winningsb) an increase in advantage; advantage; improvement2. the act of getting something; acquisition; accumulation3. Electronicsa) an increase in signal strength when transmitted from one point to another: often expressed in decibelsb) the ratio of the output current, voltage, or power of an amplifier, receiver, etc. to the respective inputvt.[ME gainen, to profit, be of use < OFr gaaignier < Frank * waidanjan, to work, earn, akin to OHG weidenen, to pasture < weide, pasture < IE * witi-, a hunting after < base * wei-, to go, hunt > L via, way, vis, strength]1. to get by labor; earn [to gain a livelihood]2.a) to get by effort or merit, as in competition; winb) to cause to be directed toward oneself or itself; attract [to gain one's interest]3. to get as an increase, addition, profit, or advantage [to gain ten pounds]4. to make an increase in [to gain speed]5. to go faster by [my watch gained two minutes]6. to get to; arrive at; reachvi.1. to make progress; improve or advance, as in health, business, etc.2. to acquire wealth or profit3. to increase in weight; become heavier4. to be fast; said of a clock, etc.SYN.- GETREACH——————gain on1. to draw nearer to (an opponent in a race, etc.)2. to make more progress than (a competitor)——————gain overto win over to one's side☆ gain2 [gān ]n.[< ?]Carpentry a groove or mortise, as in a piece of wood, into which another piece can be fitted
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.