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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.] 
  1.  To  get  as  profit  or  advantage;  to  obtain  or  acquire  by 
  effort  or  labor;  as  to  gain  a  good  living. 
 
  What  is  a  man  profited,  if  he  shall  gain  the  whole 
  world,  and  lose  his  own  soul?  --Matt.  xvi. 
  26. 
 
  To  gain  dominion,  or  to  keep  it  gained.  --Milton. 
 
  For  fame  with  toil  we  gain,  but  lose  with  ease. 
  --Pope. 
 
  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. 
 
  3.  To  draw  into  any  interest  or  party;  to  win  to  one's  side 
  to  conciliate. 
 
  If  he  shall  hear  thee,  thou  hast  gained  thy  brother. 
  --Matt.  xviii. 
  15. 
 
  To  gratify  the  queen,  and  gained  the  court. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  To  reach;  to  attain  to  to  arrive  at  as  to  gain  the  top 
  of  a  mountain;  to  gain  a  good  harbor. 
 
  Forded  Usk  and  gained  the  wood.  --Tennyson. 
 
  5.  To  get  incur,  or  receive,  as  loss  harm,  or  damage.  [Obs. 
  or  Ironical] 
 
  Ye  should  .  .  .  not  have  loosed  from  Crete,  and  to 
  have  gained  this  harm  and  loss  --Acts  xxvii. 
  21. 
 
  {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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