2 noun
gain2 W3


[countable] an advantage or improvement, especially one achieved by planning or effort:
The party made considerable gains at local elections.
gain in
substantial gains in efficiency
gain from
the potential gains from improved marketing
gain to/for
There are obvious gains for the student.


[uncountable and countable] an increase in the amount or level of something [≠ loss]
gain in
a gain in weekly output
gain of
Retail sales showed a gain of 0.4%.
The Democratic Party needed a net gain of only 20 votes.
Eating too many fatty goods could cause weight gain.


[uncountable] financial profit, especially when this seems to be the only thing someone is interested in [≠ loss]
financial/economic/capital etc gain
They are seeking to realize the maximum financial gain.
gain of
a pre-tax gain of $20 million
for gain
Such research should not be for personal gain.
capital gains

ill-gotten gains

money or advantages obtained dishonestly - used humorously

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