"gains" in the noun sense
1. addition, increase, gain
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"
2. profit, gain
the advantageous quality of being beneficial
3. amplification, gain
the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input
the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating
"gains" in the verb sense
1. derive, gain
"derive pleasure from one's garden"
2. acquire, win, gain
win something through one's efforts
"I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"
"Gain an understanding of international finance"
"win someone's confidence and friendship"
3. profit, gain, benefit
derive a benefit from
"She profited from his vast experience"
4. reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain
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"
5. gain, advance, win, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground
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"
6. advance, gain
rise in rate or price
"The stock market gained 24 points today"
7. gain, gather
increase or develop
"the peace movement gained momentum"
"the car gathers speed"
8. gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring in
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"
9. gain, put on
increase (one's body weight
"She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
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