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From Middle French regaigner (French regagner). By surface analysis, re- +‎ gain.


  • (verb) IPA(key): /ɹiːˈɡeɪn/
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  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈɹiːɡeɪn/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧gain


regain (third-person singular simple present regains, present participle regaining, simple past and past participle regained)

  1. (transitive) To get back; to recover possession of.
    • 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Sarkozy's total will be seen as a personal failure. It is the first time an outgoing president has failed to win a first-round vote in the past 50 years and makes it harder for Sarkozy to regain momentum.

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regain (plural regains)

  1. The act or process of regaining something.
    • 2019, Sameera Khan, Regain Be Gone:
      Patients who plateau after weight loss are more likely to blame the regain on something that they are responsible for – the wrong course of action they took or a specic oversight that they kept repeating–rather than who they are.
    • 2021, Sam Hudson, Football in a Pandemic:
      By beginning deeper, this allows the opposition to start and build much higher, naturally luring them away from their own goal. As long as the actions after a regain are then quick, forward, and performed with quality, counter-attacks can prove a particularly useful attacking strategy to win football matches.
    • 2021, Sandra Van Vlierberghe, Arn Mignon, Superabsorbent Polymers, page 155:
      The samples with SAPs showed a regain in strength when stored in an RH of more than 90%.
    • 2022, Antonella Versaci, Hocine Bougdah, Natsuko Akagawa, Conservation of Architectural Heritage, page 375:
      Negative collective memories are effective, as much as positive memories, in choosing a regain for lost heritage building associated with them.
  2. (textiles) The amount of width a woven cloth grows by when the fibers swell, used to determine the width of the reed to use in weaving.
    • 1912, National Association of Cotton Manufacturers, Transactions of the National Association of Cotton Manufacturers, page 105:
      The number of ends per inch may vary to some slight extent at different places in the width of the cloth and in different pieces woven to the same particulars , but if the regain is correctly estimated , the calculated reed to be used will be the same, unless a special reed has been used in weaving the cloth.
    • 2008, J. W. S. Hearle, W E Morton, Physical Properties of Textile Fibres, page 190:
      In particular, at high humidities the regain of wool is lower.
    • 2017, Sabit Adanur, Wellington Sears Handbook of Industrial Textiles, page 590:
      Because of the fiber price per pound, and the size of the lots, the regain must be determined accurately.




Inherited from Old French regain. By surface analysis, re- +‎ gaaignier (to till).


regain m (uncountable)

  1. second crop (typically of grass)
  2. renewal
  3. upsurge

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