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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 regained
  • On his way to the hospital he lost consciousness but regained it shortly thereafter.
  • Eventually, however, she regained strength, and meanwhile her fame was growing.
  • He never regained consciousness and died in the hospital the next day.
  • However the savoys regained control of the town after a brief period of autonomous rule.
  • Stable is the period by which neither nutrient supply is regained, nor is it lost.
British Dictionary definitions for regained


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 regained



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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