Synonyms of gain in English:

gain


See definition of gain

verb

1‘he gained an entrance scholarship to the college’

SYNONYMS

obtain, get, acquire, come by, procure, secure, attain, achieve, earn, win, capture, clinch, pick up, carry off, reap, gather

receive, be given, be awarded, come away with

informal land, net, bag, pot, scoop, wangle, swing, score, nab, collar, cop, hook, get one's hands on, get one's mitts on, get hold of, walk away with, walk off with

ANTONYMS

lose

2‘the workers gain high salaries’

SYNONYMS

earn, bring in, make, get, get paid, pocket, clear, gross, net, realize

informal rake in, haul in, bag

3‘they stood to gain from the deal’

SYNONYMS

profit, make money, reap financial reward, reap benefits, benefit

do well out of, make capital out of

informal make a killing, milk, cash in on

ANTONYMS

lose

4‘all four patients recovered and gained weight’

SYNONYMS

increase in, put on, add on, build up

acquire more of something

ANTONYMS

lose

5‘we were in the lead but the others were gaining on us’

SYNONYMS

catch up with, catch up on, catch someone up, catch, narrow the gap between, get nearer to, draw nearer to, close in on, creep up on, come up to, approach, near

6‘it took a while to gain the high ridge’

SYNONYMS

reach, arrive at, get to, come to, get as far as, make, make it to, attain, set foot on

end up at, land up at, fetch up at

informal hit, wind up at


noun

1‘his gain from the deal was negligible’

SYNONYMS

profit, earnings, income, advantage, benefit, reward, emolument, yield, return, winnings, receipts, proceeds, dividend, interest, percentage, takings

informal pickings, cut, take, rake-off, divvy, whack, slice of the cake

British informal bunce

ANTONYMS

loss

2‘the effect of overeating is weight gain’

SYNONYMS

increase, augmentation, addition, rise, increment, accretion, accumulation

ANTONYMS

decrease

3‘he made the biggest gain in the last leg of the race’

SYNONYMS

advance, advancement, progress, forward movement, headway, improvement, step forward


Phrases

    gain ground

      ‘the trend is gaining ground rapidly’

      SYNONYMS

      make headway, make progress, make strides, progress, advance, proceed, move, get on, get ahead, come on, come along

      informal

      be getting there

      ANTONYMS

      retrogress, stagnate

    gain time

      ‘the government was using the negotiations to gain time’

      SYNONYMS

      play for time, stall, procrastinate, delay, use delaying tactics, temporize, hold back, hang back, hang fire, dally, drag one's feet, use dilatory tactics

      informal

      put something on the back burner