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1Obtain possession or use of (something, typically a quality or ability) again after losing it.‘he soon regained his composure’
recover, get back, win back, recoup, retrieve, reclaim, repossess, have something returned, be reunited with, rescue, salvageView synonyms
- ‘When she had finally regained consciousness she wasn't surprised to find Dai missing.’
- ‘Then we must work hard later in life to regain the abilities we had as children.’
- ‘Large classes of freight traffic were lost, as well, never to be regained.’
- ‘Wool production recovered but never regained its former economic importance.’
- ‘Quickly regaining his composure he whipped out a cigarette and a bottle of beer.’
- ‘One can only hope that after a period away, he regains his strength and returns for another round with Africa, in all her loves and her sadnesses, too.’
- ‘The House of Commons itself would regain much of the power lost over the last three years.’
- ‘They can't, and don't need to, wait until Democrats regain power.’
- ‘Hamlet names him new ruler of Denmark before he dies, and Fortinbras regains all of his father's lost land, and becomes King of Denmark.’
- ‘And if the Republicans regain the Senate in November he may get his way.’
- ‘Under Deng Xiaoping, the reformers slowly regained control of the country.’
- ‘I tried to slowly regain control of myself the next day.’
- ‘The leader of the monks was taken aback, but quickly regained his composure.’
- ‘After getting over his shock and confusion, Candide regains his optimism when he reaches Venice.’
- ‘He had gotten back to third lieutenant but never regained his confidence or former rank.’
- ‘He spent three months in hospital but began to regain feeling in his limbs.’
- ‘Ciresi lost the primary, but Grams lost the general election and failed to regain his Senate seat.’
- ‘Wilson has regained the ability to laugh at himself and Mr Young said his recent progress had been tremendous.’
- ‘It is vital to this country that the Festival regain its world class status and ambition.’
- ‘Woodson intends to return only if he regains full strength.’
- 1.1 Reach (a place, position, or thing) again; get back to.‘they were unable to regain their boats’
return to, get back to, find one's way back to, reach again, reattain, rejoinView synonyms
- ‘Plans are now taking shape to ensure that the building regains its place at the creative centre of arts and science with a new bid to create a creative industries centre within its walls.’
- ‘Her main target is to regain the world No 1 spot she held for three weeks in the autumn.’
- ‘Doncaster regained third place in the league overtaking Sheffield Collegiate who did not have a league game.’
- ‘Thus the viol consort has to some extent regained its place as the chamber ensemble par excellence.’
- ‘York City Knights star Trevor Krause has regained his place in the National League Two team of the month.’
- ‘The Blair government meanwhile is desperate to regain the high ground on its decision to go to war.’
- ‘The lost corner of the west had regained its central position and Europe had reclaimed its east.’
Mid 16th century: from French regagner (see re-, gain).
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