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]
     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]
     4: the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its
        cost of operating [ant: loss]
     v 1: obtain: "derive pleasure from one's garden" [syn: derive]
     2: win something through one's efforts [syn: win] [ant: lose]
     3: derive benefit from [syn: profit, benefit]
     4: reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit
        Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We
        barely made the plane"; "I have to hit the MAC machine
        before the weekend starts" [syn: reach, attain, make,
         hit, arrive at]
     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:
        advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead,
         gain ground] [ant: fall back]
     6: rise in rate or price; "The stock market gained 24 points
        today" [syn: advance]
     7: increase in;  "gain momentum"; "gain nerve"
     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: take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise,
         pull in, bring in]
     9: increase (one's body weight) [syn: put on] [ant: reduce]