Gain vs. Lose

Gain vs. Lose — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Gain and Lose

Gainverb

To come into possession or use of; acquire

gained a small fortune in real estate.gained vital information about the enemy's plans.

Loseverb

To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay

He's always losing his car keys.

Gainverb

To attain in competition or struggle; win

gained a decisive victory.gained control of the company.

Loseverb

To be deprived of (something one has had)

lost her art collection in the fire.lost her job.

Gainverb

To obtain through effort or merit; achieve

gain recognition.gain a hearing for the proposal.

Loseverb

To be left alone or desolate because of the death of

lost his wife.

Gainverb

To secure as profit or reward; earn

gain a living.gain extra credits in school.

Loseverb

To be unable to keep alive

a doctor who has lost very few patients.

Gainverb

To manage to achieve an increase of

a movement that gained strength.gained wisdom with age.

Loseverb

To be unable to keep control or allegiance of

lost his temper at the meeting.is losing supporters by changing his mind.

Gainverb

To increase by (a specific amount)

gained 15 pounds.the market gained 30 points.

Loseverb

To fail to win; fail in

lost the game.lost the court case.

Gainverb

To come to; reach

gained the top of the mountain.

Loseverb

To fail to use or take advantage of

Don't lose a chance to improve your position.

Gainverb

To become fast by (a specified amount of time). Used of a timepiece

My watch gains four minutes a day.

Loseverb

To fail to hear, see, or understand

We lost the plane in the fog. I lost her when she started speaking about thermodynamics.

Gainverb

To increase; grow

gained in experience and maturity.a painting that gained in value.

Loseverb

To let (oneself) become unable to find the way.

Gainverb

To become better; improve

gaining in health.

Loseverb

To remove (oneself), as from everyday reality into a fantasy world.

Gainverb

To obtain a profit or advantage; benefit

stood to gain politically by his opponent's blunder.

Loseverb

To rid oneself of

lost five pounds.

Gainverb

To move closer to a person or thing that is moving ahead; close a gap

The runners in the back gained steadily on the leader.

Loseverb

To consume aimlessly; waste

lost a week in idle occupations.

Gainverb

To put on weight

I began to gain when I went off my diet.

Loseverb

To wander from or become ignorant of

lose one's way.

Gainverb

To operate or run fast. Used of a timepiece.

Loseverb

To elude or outdistance

lost their pursuers.

Gainverb

To cut out a gain in.

Loseverb

To be outdistanced by

chased the thieves but lost them.

Gainverb

To join by or fit into a gain.

Loseverb

To become slow by (a specified amount of time). Used of a timepiece.

Gainnoun

Something gained or acquired

territorial gains.

Loseverb

To cause or result in the loss of

Failure to reply to the advertisement lost her the job.

Gainnoun

Progress; advancement

The country made economic gains under the new government.

Loseverb

To cause to be destroyed. Usually used in the passive

Both planes were lost in the crash.

Gainnoun

The act of acquiring; attainment.

Loseverb

To cause to be damned.

Gainnoun

An increase in amount or degree

a gain in operating income.

Loseverb

To suffer loss

investors who lost heavily on the firm's stock.

Gainnoun

(Electronics) An increase in signal power, voltage, or current by an amplifier, expressed as the ratio of output to input. Also called amplification.

Loseverb

To be defeated

Our team lost in overtime.

Gainnoun

The reflectivity of a projection screen, usually expressed relative to the reflectivity of a standard surface of magnesium carbonate.

Loseverb

To operate or run slow. Used of a timepiece.

Gainnoun

A notch or mortise cut into a board to receive another part.

Loseverb

(transitive) To cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons.

If you lose that ten-pound note, you'll be sorry.He lost his hearing in the explosion.She lost her position when the company was taken over.

Gainpreposition

(obsolete) Against.

Loseverb

To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to find; to go astray from.

I lost my way in the forest.

Gainadjective

(obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.

the gainest way

Loseverb

(transitive) To have (an organ) removed from one's body, especially by accident.

Johnny lost a tooth, but kept it for the tooth fairy.He lost his spleen in a car wreck.

Gainadjective

(obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.

Loseverb

(transitive) To fail to win (a game, competition, trial, etc).

We lost the football match.

Gainadjective

(dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.

Loseverb

(transitive) To shed (weight).

I’ve lost five pounds this week.

Gainadjective

(dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.

Loseverb

(transitive) To be unable to follow or trace (somebody or something) any longer.

The policeman lost the robber he was chasing.Mission control lost the satellite as its signal died down.

Gainadverb

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

Loseverb

(transitive) To cause (somebody) to be unable to follow or trace one any longer.

We managed to lose our pursuers in the forest.

Gainadverb

(dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.

Loseverb

(transitive) To experience the death of (someone to whom one has an attachment, such as a relative or friend).

She lost all her sons in the war.

Gainadverb

(dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.

gain quiet (= fairly/pretty quiet)

Loseverb

(transitive) To cease exhibiting; to overcome (a behavior or emotion).

Gainnoun

The act of gaining; acquisition.

Loseverb

To shed, remove, discard, or eliminate.

When we get into the building, please lose the hat.

Gainnoun

What is gained.

Loseverb

Of a clock, to run slower than expected.

My watch loses five minutes a week.It's already 5:30? My watch must have lost a few minutes.

Gainnoun

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

Loseverb

To cause (someone) the loss of something; to deprive of.

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.

Loseverb

To fail to catch with the mind or senses; to miss.

I lost a part of what he said.

Gainverb

(transitive) To acquire possession of.

Looks like you've gained a new friend.

Loseverb

To cause to part with; to deprive of.

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.

Losenoun

(obsolete) Fame, renown; praise.

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

Loseverb

fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense;

She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat

Gainverb

(transitive) To increase.

Loseverb

fail to win;

We lost the battle but we won the war

Gainverb

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

I'm gaining (on you).gain ground

Loseverb

suffer the loss of a person through death or removal;

She lost her husband in the warThe couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her

Gainverb

(transitive) To reach.

to gain the top of a mountain

Loseverb

place (something) where one cannot find it again;

I misplaced my eyeglasses

Gainverb

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

Loseverb

miss from one's possessions; lose sight of;

I've lost my glasses again!

Gainverb

(intransitive) To put on weight.

I've been gaining.

Loseverb

allow to go out of sight;

The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light

Gainverb

(of a clock or watch) To run fast.

Loseverb

fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit;

I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!The company turned a loss after the first yearThe company has not profited from the merger

Gainnoun

a quantity that is added;

there was an addition to property taxes this yearthey recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks

Loseverb

fail to get or obtain;

I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad

Gainnoun

the advantageous quality of being beneficial

Loseverb

retreat

Gainnoun

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

Loseverb

fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind;

I missed that remarkShe missed his pointWe lost part of what he said

Gainnoun

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

Loseverb

be set at a disadvantage;

This author really suffers in translation

Gainverb

obtain;

derive pleasure from one's garden

Gainverb

win something through one's efforts;

I acquired a passing knowledge of ChineseGain 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 noonThe water reached the doorstepWe barely made it to the finish lineI have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts

Gainverb

obtain advantages, such as points, etc.;

The home team was gaining groundAfter 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 momentumgain 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 jobthis merger brought in lots of moneyHe clears $5,000 each month

Gainverb

increase (one's body weight);

She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising