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[ree-geyn] /riˈgeɪn/
verb (used with object)
to get again; recover:
to regain one's health.
to succeed in reaching again; get back to:
to regain the shore.
(in a moisture-free fabric) the percentage of the weight that represents the amount of moisture the material is expected to absorb under normal conditions.
Origin of regain
1540-50; re- + gain
Related forms
regainable, adjective
regainer, noun
half-regained, adjective
unregainable, adjective
unregained, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for regain
  • The adults must take time off to regain weight and replace plumage.
  • If all goes as planned, the diver will regain control of his legs.
  • He got his legs back under him, managed to regain his balance and launched us past the holes.
  • Over the years many bats recovered from their injuries and were released, but some could not regain flight capacity.
  • When she tried to divorce her husband to regain her fortune, her father-in-law shot her.
  • Hopefully things will be better managed in the future and the city can regain more of its former glory.
  • Many natives are hoping to see some of these foreigners leave, allowing them to regain a cultural foothold in their own homeland.
  • When they are through, regain the group's attention.
  • When the chicks hatch, they are left alone in large groups so the parents can hunt for food and regain their strength.
  • Hundreds of birds milled in recovery rooms, waiting to regain their natural water repellence.
British Dictionary definitions for regain


verb (transitive) (rɪˈɡeɪn)
to take or get back; recover
to reach again
noun (ˈriːˌɡeɪn)
the process of getting something back, esp lost weight: this regain was inevitable
Derived Forms
regainable, adjective
regainer, noun
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Word Origin and History for regain

1540s, from Middle French regaigner (Modern French regagner), from re- "again" (see re-) + gaginer, from Old French gaaignier (see gain (v.)). Related: Regained; regaining.

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