See also: gain and ga in

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English gain-(prefix), from Old English geġn-, gēan-(back, against, in return, prefix), from Proto-Germanic *gagin(towards, against). Cognate with Dutch tegen-(counter-), German gegen-(against, toward, at), Icelandic gagn-(through). More at again.

PrefixEdit

gain-

  1. Prefix meaning "against", "contrary to", "in opposition to", "counter-".
    gainsay, gainstand, gainstay, gainstrive
  2. Prefix denoting reciprocal action; "in return"; "counter-".
    gainclap, gaingive, gainyield
  3. Prefix denoting restoration or a return to a previous state; "back again".
    gainbuy, gaincover, gaintake
  4. Prefix denoting repetition; "over again"; "anew"; again-.
    gainrising

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