Definition of regain in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Obtain possession or use of (something) again after losing it.

    ‘she died without regaining consciousness’
    ‘the tyrant was able to regain Sicily’
    • ‘He spent three months in hospital but began to regain feeling in his limbs.’
    • ‘It is vital to this country that the Festival regain its world class status and ambition.’
    • ‘Then we must work hard later in life to regain the abilities we had as children.’
    • ‘And if the Republicans regain the Senate in November he may get his way.’
    • ‘Wool production recovered but never regained its former economic importance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The House of Commons itself would regain much of the power lost over the last three years.’
    • ‘After getting over his shock and confusion, Candide regains his optimism when he reaches Venice.’
    • ‘Under Deng Xiaoping, the reformers slowly regained control of the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Large classes of freight traffic were lost, as well, never to be regained.’
    • ‘When she had finally regained consciousness she wasn't surprised to find Dai missing.’
    • ‘I tried to slowly regain control of myself the next day.’
    • ‘He had gotten back to third lieutenant but never regained his confidence or former rank.’
    • ‘The leader of the monks was taken aback, but quickly regained his composure.’
    • ‘Woodson intends to return only if he regains full strength.’
    • ‘Quickly regaining his composure he whipped out a cigarette and a bottle of beer.’
    recover, get back, win back, recoup, retrieve, reclaim, repossess, have something returned, be reunited with, rescue, salvage
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    1. 1.1 Reach (a place, position, or thing) again; get back to.
      ‘they were unable to regain their boats’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Blair government meanwhile is desperate to regain the high ground on its decision to go to war.’
      • ‘York City Knights star Trevor Krause has regained his place in the National League Two team of the month.’
      • ‘Doncaster regained third place in the league overtaking Sheffield Collegiate who did not have a league game.’
      • ‘The lost corner of the west had regained its central position and Europe had reclaimed its east.’
      • ‘Thus the viol consort has to some extent regained its place as the chamber ensemble par excellence.’
      return to, get back to, find one's way back to, reach again, reattain, rejoin
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Mid 16th century: from French regagner (see re-, gain).