1 get, obtain, acquire, procure, attain, achieve, secure, earn, win, capture, bag, net, harvest, reap, garner, glean, collect, gather, come by, pick up:
Any advantage we gain today may be lost tomorrow.
2 make, get, profit, gain ground, earn, benefit, realize, clear, bring in, produce, yield:
Have you gained from the transaction?
3 improve, recuperate, progress, rally, get better, advance, gain ground:
Her health has gained steadily since the cyst was removed.
4 catch up (to or on or with), approach, get nearer (to), overtake, close with, close in (on), narrow the gap, gain ground:
As we came to the finish line, Tom was gaining on me. Though he kept gaining, I won.
5 leave behind, outdistance, draw or pull away (from), widen the gap, get or go or move further or farther ahead, get further or farther away (from), increase the lead:
I kept gaining on him till I was a mile ahead.
6 reach, arrive at, get to, come to:
After paddling for hours, we finally gained the shore.
7 increase, move ahead, improve, advance, progress, gain ground:
Shares gained again on the exchange.
8 profit, advantage, margin, yield, return, revenue, income, dividend, benefit, emolument, payment, pay, money; proceeds, earnings, winnings; Colloq chiefly US take, payout, pay-off:
What was your gain on the sale of the house? He has seen gains of 20 per cent on his investment.
9 increase, increment, improvement, rise, addition, enhancement, elevation, augmentation, upward or forward movement, advance, progress:
Each month has seen a gain in share prices.
10 acquisition, achievement, attainment:
My gain was at the expense of their sacrifice.
big, considerable, huge, major, real, significant, substantial
This change in the tax system will mean big gains for some companies.
| modest, small | long-term, short-term | potential | pre-tax | net, overall
Labour made an overall gain of 39 seats.
She tucked her ill-gotten gains into her purse and left.
| personal, private
using the investments for their private gain
| commercial, economic, financial, material
There will be no financial gain for mothers from this new system.
| electoral, political
the far right made huge electoral gains
| military, territorial | weight
She was most upset by her recent weight gain.
| efficiency, productivity
There is still scope for efficiency gains (= gains to be made by being more efficient).
VERB + GAIN
make | bring (sb)
Better workplace design can bring real gains in productivity.
It's amazing what some people will do for gain.
| ~ from
£3.9 million gains from the sale of stock
| ~ in
Last year there was only a modest gain in earnings.
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