gain

Gain \Gain\ (g[=a]n), n. [OE. gain, gein, ga[yogh]hen, gain, advantage, Icel. gagn; akin to Sw. gagn, Dan. gavn, cf. Goth. gageigan to gain. The word was prob. influenced by F. gain gain, OF. gaain. Cf. {Gain}, v. t.] 1. That which is gained, obtained, or acquired, as increase, profit, advantage, or benefit; -- opposed to {loss}. [1913 Webster] But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. --Phil. iii. 7. [1913 Webster] Godliness with contentment is great gain. --1 Tim. vi. 6. [1913 Webster] Every one shall share in the gains. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. The obtaining or amassing of profit or valuable possessions; acquisition; accumulation. ``The lust of gain.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]