To Gain. v.n.
- To encroach; to come forward by degrees.
When watchful herons leave their wat'ry stand,
And mounting upward with erected flight,
Gain on the skies, and soar above the sight. Dryd. Virg. Geo.
On the land while here the ocean gains,
In other parts it leaves wide sandy plains. Pope on Criticism.
- To get ground; to prevail against.
The English have not only gained upon the Venetians in the Levant, but have their cloth in Venice itself. Addison.
- To obtain influence with.
My good behaviour had gained so far on the emperor, that I began to conceive hopes of liberty. Gulliver's Travels.