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 for gain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gain \Gain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gained (g[=a]nd); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Gaining.] [From gain, n. but. prob. influenced by F.
     gagner to earn, gain, OF. gaaignier to cultivate, OHG.
     weidin[=o]n, weidinen to pasture, hunt, fr. weida pasturage,
     G. weide, akin to Icel. vei[eth]r hunting, AS. w[=a][eth]u,
     cf. L. venari to hunt, E. venison. See Gain, n., profit.]
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     1. To get, as profit or advantage; to obtain or acquire by
        effort or labor; as, to gain a good living.
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              What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole
              world, and lose his own soul?         --Matt. xvi.
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              To gain dominion, or to keep it gained. --Milton.
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              For fame with toil we gain, but lose with ease.
                                                    --Pope.
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     2. To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to
        obtain by competition; as, to gain a battle; to gain a
        case at law; to gain a prize.
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     3. To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side;
        to conciliate.
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              If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
                                                    --Matt. xviii.
                                                    15.
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              To gratify the queen, and gained the court.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. To reach; to attain to; to arrive at; as, to gain the top
        of a mountain; to gain a good harbor.
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              Forded Usk and gained the wood.       --Tennyson.
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     5. To get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage. [Obs.
        or Ironical]
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              Ye should . . . not have loosed from Crete, and to
              have gained this harm and loss.       --Acts xxvii.
                                                    21.
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     Gained day, the calendar day gained in sailing eastward
        around the earth.
  
     To gain ground, to make progress; to advance in any
        undertaking; to prevail; to acquire strength or extent.
  
     To gain over, to draw to one's party or interest; to win
        over.
  
     To gain the wind (Naut.), to reach the windward side of
        another ship.
  
     Syn: To obtain; acquire; get; procure; win; earn; attain;
          achieve.
  
     Usage: See Obtain. -- To Gain, Win. Gain implies only
            that we get something by exertion; win, that we do it
            in competition with others. A person gains knowledge,
            or gains a prize, simply by striving for it; he wins a
            victory, or wins a prize, by taking it in a struggle
            with others.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gain \Gain\, n. [Cf. W. gan a mortise.] (Arch.)
     A square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist,
     or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive
     the end of the floor beam.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gain \Gain\, a. [OE. gein, gain, good, near, quick; cf. Icel.
     gegn ready, serviceable, and gegn, adv., against, opposite.
     Cf. Ahain.]
     Convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy;
     profitable; cheap; respectable. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gain \Gain\ (g[=a]n), n. [OE. gain, gein, ga[yogh]hen, gain,
     advantage, Icel. gagn; akin to Sw. gagn, Dan. gavn, cf. Goth.
     gageigan to gain. The word was prob. influenced by F. gain
     gain, OF. gaain. Cf. Gain, v. t.]
     1. That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase,
        profit, advantage, or benefit; -- opposed to loss.
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              But what things were gain to me, those I counted
              loss for Christ.                      --Phil. iii.
                                                    7.
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              Godliness with contentment is great gain. --1 Tim.
                                                    vi. 6.
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              Every one shall share in the gains.   --Shak.
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     2. The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable
        possessions; acquisition; accumulation. "The lust of
        gain." --Tennyson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gain \Gain\, v. i.
     To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to
     grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to
     make progress; as, the sick man gains daily.
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           Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by
           extortion.                               --Ezek. xxii.
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     Gaining twist, in rifled firearms, a twist of the grooves,
        which increases regularly from the breech to the muzzle.
  
     To gain on or To gain upon.
     (a) To encroach on; as, the ocean gains on the land.
     (b) To obtain influence with.
     (c) To win ground upon; to move faster than, as in a race or
         contest.
     (d) To get the better of; to have the advantage of.
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               The English have not only gained upon the Venetians
               in the Levant, but have their cloth in Venice
               itself.                              --Addison.
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               My good behavior had so far gained on the emperor,
               that I began to conceive hopes of liberty. --Swift.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  gain
      n 1: 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" [syn: addition,
           increase, gain]
      2: the advantageous quality of being beneficial [syn: profit,
         gain]
      3: the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current
         expressed as the ratio of output to input [syn:
         amplification, gain]
      4: the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its
         cost of operating [ant: loss, red, red ink]
      v 1: obtain; "derive pleasure from one's garden" [syn: derive,
           gain]
      2: win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing
         knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of
         international finance" [syn: acquire, win, gain] [ant:
         lose]
      3: derive a benefit from; "She profited from his vast
         experience" [syn: profit, gain, benefit]
      4: 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" [syn: reach, make, attain, hit,
         arrive at, gain]
      5: 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" [syn: gain,
         advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead,
         gain ground] [ant: drop off, fall back, fall behind,
         lose, recede]
      6: rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points
         today" [syn: advance, gain]
      7: increase or develop; "the peace movement gained momentum";
         "the car gathers speed" [syn: gain, gather]
      8: 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" [syn:
         gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize,
         realise, pull in, bring in]
      9: increase (one's body weight); "She gained 20 pounds when she
         stopped exercising" [syn: gain, put on] [ant: lose
         weight, melt off, reduce, slenderize, slim, slim
         down, thin]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  348 Moby Thesaurus words for "gain":
     accept, access, accession, accomplish, accretion, accrual, accrue,
     accruement, accumulate, accumulation, achieve, achievement,
     acquire, acquisition, addition, admit, advance, advantage,
     aggrandizement, ameliorate, amend, amplification, appreciate,
     appreciation, approach, argue into, arrive, arrive at, arrive in,
     ascent, assume, attain, attain to, attainment, augmentation, avail,
     available gain, bag, balloon, ballooning, be received,
     be responsible for, be seized of, bear the palm, behalf, behoof,
     benefit, benison, blessing, bloat, bloating, blow in, bob up, boom,
     boon, boost, breed, bring down, bring in, bring on, bring over,
     bring round, bring to reason, bring upon, broaden, broadening,
     buildup, capital gains, captivate, capture, carry, carry away,
     carry it, carry off, carry the day, catch, catch up with, charm,
     check in, cleanup, clear, clear profit, clock in, close with,
     collect, come, come along, come by, come in, come in for,
     come into, come on, come out first, come to, come to hand,
     come up to, come up with, complete, con, consummate, contract,
     convalesce, convince, corral, crescendo, cure, current gain, cut,
     dead time, derive, derive from, develop, development, dividend,
     dividends, drag down, draw, draw from, draw over, earn, earnings,
     edema, elevation, emolument, enhancement, enlargement,
     enter into possession, expansion, extension, fall in with,
     fall into, fetch, fetch up at, filthy lucre, find, finish in front,
     flood, fluke, fulfill, gain ground, gain on, gain over,
     gain strength, gain the day, gain upon, gains, garner, gather, get,
     get ahead, get along, get better, get in, get there, get to,
     gettings, glean, gleanings, go ahead, go forward, go up, good,
     graduate, greatening, gross, gross profit, grow, grow better,
     growth, gush, harvest, have, have coming in, heal, hike, hit,
     hit town, hoard, holdup, hook, hook in, hysteresis, improve,
     improvement, income, increase, increment, incur, inflation,
     intensify, interest, invigorate, invite, it, jump, killing, lag,
     lap, leap, leave behind, leave standing, look up, lucre, make,
     make a killing, make headway, make it, make progress, make strides,
     makings, margin, meliorate, mend, money, mount, mounting,
     multiplication, multiply, narrow the gap, neat profit, net,
     net profit, obtain, operational gain, outdistance, outpace,
     output lag, outrun, outsail, outstrip, outtalk, overhaul, overtake,
     paper profits, pass, pay, payment, pelf, percentage, perfect, perk,
     perk up, perks, perquisite, persuade, pick up, pickings, pop up,
     prevail on, prevail upon, prevail with, proceeds, process lag,
     procure, produce, productiveness, profit, profits, progress,
     proliferate, proliferation, pull down, pull in, punch in, raise,
     rake-off, rally, reach, realize, reap, receipts, receive,
     recuperate, remedy, renew, return, returns, revenue, ring in, rise,
     roll in, run, run up, sack, score, secure, sell, sell one on,
     shape up, share, shoot up, show improvement, show up, sign in,
     skyrocket, snowball, snowballing, spread, store, strengthen,
     succeed, surge, sway, swell, swelling, take, take in, take off,
     take on, take over, take the cake, take-in, talk into, talk over,
     throughput, time constants, time in, time lead, tumescence,
     turn up, up, upping, upsurge, upswing, uptrend, upturn, wangle,
     wangle into, wax, waxing, wealth, wear down, welcome, welfare,
     well-being, widen, widening, win, win out, win over,
     win the battle, win the laurels, win the palm, win the prize,
     win through, winnings, world of good, yield
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  GAIN
         Gator Advertising and Information Network
         

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  GAIN
         German Advanced Integrated Network (IBM)
         

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  GAIN. The word is used as synonymous with profits. (q. v.) See Fruit. 
  
  

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