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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- + gain1
Related forms
regainable, adjective
regainer, noun
half-regained, adjective
unregainable, adjective
unregained, adjective Unabridged
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  • In struggling to regain his grip on the plane, he lost the loose end of his leggins.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol Henry Harley Arnold
  • Her eyes fluttered weakly, and she struggled to regain her feet.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Having determined this distance, the weight on AB was removed and the aerodrome was allowed to regain its former position.

    Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight, Parts I and II S. P. (Samuel Pierpont) Langley and Charles M. (Charles Matthews) Manly
  • Any player dropping object must regain it himself and pass it on fairly.

  • The patient's health began to improve and he began to regain his power of digestion fast.

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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