gain-

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gain- (prefix), from Old English geġn-, gēan- (back, against, in return, prefix), from Proto-Germanic *gagin (towards, against). Cognate with Dutch tegen- (counter-), German gegen- (against, toward, at), Icelandic gagn- (through). More at again.

Prefix[edit]

gain-

  1. Prefix meaning "against", "contrary to", "in opposition to", "counter-".
    gainsay, gainstand, gainstay, gainstrive
  2. Prefix denoting reciprocal action; "in return"; "counter-".
    gainclap, gaingive, gainyield
  3. Prefix denoting restoration or a return to a previous state; "back again".
    gainbuy, gaincover, gaintake
  4. Prefix denoting repetition; "over again"; "anew"; again-.
    gainbirth, gainrising

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