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Meaning of gain

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      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},
      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},
      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:
      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}]

Source : WordNet ® Princeton University. 2010.

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