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regain

[ree-geyn] /riˈgeɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to get again; recover:
to regain one's health.
2.
to succeed in reaching again; get back to:
to regain the shore.
noun
3.
(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
1540-1550
1540-50; re- + gain1
Related forms
regainable, adjective
regainer, noun
half-regained, adjective
unregainable, adjective
unregained, adjective
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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
  • The Duke wanted a capable candidate to help him regain his ascendency.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • 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
  • But at present I cannot regain my old self, I can only obey my impulses.

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

British Dictionary definitions for regain

regain

verb (transitive) (rɪˈɡeɪn)
1.
to take or get back; recover
2.
to reach again
noun (ˈriːˌɡeɪn)
3.
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
v.

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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