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Attain vs. Gain

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Attainverb

(transitive) To accomplish; to achieve.

‘To attain such a high level of proficiency requires hours of practice each day.’;

Gainpreposition

(obsolete) Against.

Attainverb

To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.

Gainadjective

(obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.

‘the gainest way’;

Attainverb

(transitive) To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.

Gainadjective

(obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.

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Attainverb

(intransitive) To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.

Gainadjective

(dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.

Attainverb

To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.

Gainadjective

(dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.

Attainverb

(obsolete) To overtake.

Gainadverb

(obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means.

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Attainverb

To achieve or accomplish, that is, to reach by efforts; to gain; to compass; as, to attain rest.

‘Is he wise who hopes to attain the end without the means?’;

Gainadverb

(dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.

Attainverb

To gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.

Gainadverb

(dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.

‘gain quiet (= fairly/pretty quiet)’;

Attainverb

To get at the knowledge of; to ascertain.

‘Not well attaining his meaning.’;

Gainnoun

The act of gaining; acquisition.

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Attainverb

To reach or come to, by progression or motion; to arrive at.

Gainnoun

What is gained.

Attainverb

To overtake.

Gainnoun

(electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.

Attainverb

To reach in excellence or degree; to equal.

Gainnoun

(architecture) A square or bevelled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.

Attainverb

To come or arrive, by motion, growth, bodily exertion, or efforts toward a place, object, state, etc.; to reach.

‘If by any means they might attain to Phenice.’; ‘Nor nearer might the dogs attain.’; ‘To see your trees attain to the dignity of timber.’; ‘Few boroughs had as yet attained to power such as this.’;

Gainverb

(transitive) To acquire possession of.

‘Looks like you've gained a new friend.’;

Attainverb

To come or arrive, by an effort of mind.

‘Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I can not attain unto it.’;

Gainverb

(intransitive) To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress.

‘The sick man gains daily.’;

Attainnoun

Attainment.

Gainverb

To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition.

‘to gain a battle; to gain a case at law’;

Attainverb

to gain with effort;

‘she achieved her goal despite setbacks’;

Gainverb

(transitive) To increase.

Attainverb

reach a point in time, or a certain state or level;

‘The thermometer hit 100 degrees’; ‘This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour’;

Gainverb

(intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.

‘I'm gaining (on you).’; ‘gain ground’;

Attainverb

find unexpectedly;

‘the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb’; ‘she struck a goldmine’; ‘The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake’;

Gainverb

(transitive) To reach.

‘to gain the top of a mountain’;

Attainverb

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’;

Gainverb

To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.

Gainverb

(intransitive) To put on weight.

‘I've been gaining.’;

Gainverb

(of a clock or watch) To run fast.

Gainnoun

A square or beveled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.

Gainnoun

That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; - opposed to loss.

‘But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.’; ‘Godliness with contentment is great gain.’; ‘Every one shall share in the gains.’;

Gainnoun

The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation.

Gainadjective

Convenient; suitable; direct; near; handy; dexterous; easy; profitable; cheap; respectable.

Gainverb

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?’; ‘To gain dominion, or to keep it gained.’; ‘For fame with toil we gain, but lose with ease.’;

Gainverb

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.

Gainverb

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.’; ‘To gratify the queen, and gained the court.’;

Gainverb

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.’;

Gainverb

To get, incur, or receive, as loss, harm, or damage.

‘Ye should . . . not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.’;

Gainverb

To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress; as, the sick man gains daily.

‘Thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion.’; ‘The English have not only gained upon the Venetians in the Levant, but have their cloth in Venice itself.’; ‘My good behavior had so far gained on the emperor, that I began to conceive hopes of liberty.’;

Gainnoun

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’;

Gainnoun

the advantageous quality of being beneficial

Gainnoun

the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

Gainnoun

the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

Gainverb

obtain;

‘derive pleasure from one's garden’;

Gainverb

win something through one's efforts;

‘I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese’; ‘Gain an understanding of international finance’;

Gainverb

derive a benefit from;

‘She profited from his vast experience’;

Gainverb

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’;

Gainverb

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’;

Gainverb

rise in rate or price;

‘The stock market gained 24 points today’;

Gainverb

increase in;

‘gain momentum’; ‘gain nerve’;

Gainverb

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’;

Gainverb

increase (one's body weight);

‘She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising’;

Gainverb

obtain or secure (something wanted or desirable)

‘their blend of acoustic pop gained them several chart hits’; ‘we gained entry to the car in five seconds’;

Gainverb

benefit

‘managers would gain from greater openness’;

Gainverb

win over to one's interest or views

‘to gratify the queen, and gain the court’;

Gainverb

reach or arrive at (a destination)

‘we gained the ridge’;

Gainverb

come closer to (a person or thing pursued)

‘a huge bear was gaining on him with every stride’;

Gainverb

increase the amount or rate of (something, typically weight or speed)

‘I have gained weight over the years’;

Gainverb

increase in value

‘shares gained for the third day in a row’;

Gainverb

improve or advance in (some respect)

‘canoeing is gaining in popularity’;

Gainverb

(of a clock or watch) become fast by (a specific amount of time)

‘this atomic clock will neither gain nor lose a second in the next 1 million years’;

Gainnoun

an increase in wealth or resources

‘the pursuit of personal gain’; ‘shares showed gains of up to 21 per cent’;

Gainnoun

a thing that is achieved or acquired

‘the potential gain from rail privatization would be a more commercial railway’;

Gainnoun

the factor by which power or voltage is increased in an amplifier or other electronic device, usually expressed as a logarithm

‘an amplifier of high gain’;

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