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{adj: adiabatic} occurring without loss or gain of heat
"adiabatic expansion"
<-> diabatic

{adj: earned} gained or acquired; especially through merit or as a result of effort or action
"a well-earned reputation for honesty"
"earned income"
"an earned run in baseball"
<-> unearned

{adj: lost} not gained or won
"a lost battle"
"a lost prize"
<-> won

{adj: nonprofessional} not professional; not engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or for gain
"the nonprofessional wives of his male colleagues"
"nonprofessional actors"
<-> professional

{adj: predaceous, predacious, predatory} living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain
"predatory capitalists"
"a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- Peter S. Prescott
"a predacious kind of animal--the early geological gangster"- W.E.Swinton

{adj: profitable} yielding material gain or profit
"profitable speculation on the stock market"
<-> unprofitable

{adj: single, undivided, exclusive} not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective
"judging a contest with a single eye"
"a single devotion to duty"
"undivided affection"
"gained their exclusive attention"

{adj: taken} having possession gained especially by force or effort
<-> given

{adj: unemployed} not engaged in a gainful occupation
"unemployed workers marched on the capital"
<-> employed

{adv: backstage} out of view of the public; behind the scenes
"Working backstage to gain political support for his proposal"
"many private deals were made backstage at the convention"

{n: Algeria, Algerie, Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria} a republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea with a population that is predominantly Sunni Muslim; colonized by France in the 19th century but gained autonomy in the early 1960s

{n: Bruce, Robert the Bruce, Robert I} King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329; defeated the English army under Edward II at Bannockburn and gained recognition of Scottish independence (1274-1329)

{n: Houston, Sam Houston, Samuel Houston} United States politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to make it a part of the United States (1793-1863)

{n: Monopoly} a board game in which players try to gain a monopoly on real estate as pieces advance around the board according to the throw of a die

{n: Nigeria, Federal Republic of Nigeria} a republic in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea; gained independence from Britain in 1960; most populous African country

{n: Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, PFLP} a terrorist group of limited popularity formed in 1967 after the Six-Day War; combined Marxist-Leninist ideology with Palestinian nationalism; used terrorism to gain attention for their cause; hoped to eliminate the state of Israel

{n: Revolutionary United Front, RUF} a terrorist group formed in the 1980s in Sierra Leone; seeks to overthrow the government and gain control of the diamond producing regions; responsible for attacks on civilians and children, widespread torture and murder and using children to commit atrocities; sponsored by the president of Liberia

{n: Saint Lucia, St. Lucia} a country on the island of Saint Lucia; gained independence from Great Britain in 1979

{n: Savonarola, Girolamo Savonarola} Italian religious and political reformer; a Dominican friar in Florence who preached against sin and corruption and gained a large following; he expelled the Medici from Florence but was later excommunicated and executed for criticizing the Pope (1452-1498)

{n: accession, rise to power} the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position (especially the throne)
"Elizabeth's accession in 1558"

{n: acquirer} a corporation gaining financial control over another corporation or financial institution through a payment in cash or an exchange of stock

{n: addition, increase, gain} a quantity that is added
"there was an addition to property taxes this year"
"they recorded the cattle's gain in weight over a period of weeks"

{n: amplification, gain} the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

{n: angler} a scheming person; someone who schemes to gain an advantage

{n: bid, play} an attempt to get something
"they made a futile play for power"
"he made a bid to gain attention"

{n: biofeedback} a training program in which a person is given information about physiological processes (heart rate or blood pressure) that is not normally available with the goal of gaining conscious control of them

{n: blue ribbon, cordon bleu} an honor or award gained for excellence

{n: capital gains tax} a tax on capital gains
"he avoided the capital gains tax by short selling"

{n: chandelle} a flight maneuver consisting of a steep climbing turn executed to gain altitude while changing direction

{n: competition} a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers
"business competition can be fiendish at times"

{n: corruptness, corruption} lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
<-> incorruptness

{n: fiduciary} a person who holds assets in trust for a beneficiary
"it is illegal for a fiduciary to misappropriate money for personal gain"

{n: fraud, fraudulence, dupery, hoax, humbug, put-on} something intended to deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage

{n: gainer, weight gainer} a person who gains weight

{n: gainer} a person who gains (gains an advantage or gains profits)
"she was clearly the gainer in that exchange"

{n: game theory, theory of games} (economics) a theory of competition stated in terms of gains and losses among opposing players

{n: ground} a position to be won or defended in battle (or as if in battle)
"they gained ground step by step"
"they fought to regain the lost ground"

{n: growth stock} stock of a corporation that has had faster than average gains in earnings and is expected to continue to

{n: ingratiation, insinuation} the act of gaining acceptance or affection for yourself by persuasive and subtle blandishments
"she refused to use insinuation in order to gain favor"

{n: instrument, pawn, cat's-paw} a person used by another to gain an end

{n: ionic bond, electrovalent bond, electrostatic bond} a chemical bond in which one atom loses an electron to form a positive ion and the other atom gains to electron to form a negative ion

{n: ion} a particle that is electrically charged (positive or negative); an atom or molecule or group that has lost or gained one or more electrons

{n: knocker} a person who knocks (as seeking to gain admittance)
"open the door and see who the knocker is"

{n: leverage, purchase} the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever

{n: loop gain} (telecommunication) the gain of a feedback amplifier or system as a function of how much output is fed back to the input
"if the loop gain is too great the system may go into oscillation"

{n: lore, traditional knowledge} knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote
"early peoples passed on plant and animal lore through legend"

{n: manhole} a hole (usually with a flush cover) through which a person can gain access to an underground structure

{n: naval campaign} an operation conducted primarily by naval forces in order to gain or extend or maintain control of the sea

{n: paper profit} an unrealized gain on an investment calculated by subtracting the investor's cost from the current market price
<-> paper loss

{n: party, political party} an organization to gain political power
"in 1992 Perot tried to organize a third party at the national level"

{n: perception} knowledge gained by perceiving
"a man admired for the depth of his perception"

{n: personal identification number, PIN, PIN number} a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts

{n: perversity, perverseness} deliberately deviating from what is good
"there will always be a few people who, through macho perversity, gain satisfaction from bullying and terrorism"

{n: ploce} (rhetoric) repetition to gain special emphasis or extend meaning

{n: politician} a schemer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in sly or underhanded ways

{n: price war, price competition} intense competition in which competitors cut retail prices to gain business

{n: purchase} a means of exerting influence or gaining advantage
"he could get no purchase on the situation"

{n: questionnaire} a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information

{n: recommendation, passport} any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission
"her pleasant personality is already a recommendation"
"his wealth was not a passport into the exclusive circles of society"

{n: reconnaissance plane} a military airplane used to gain information about an enemy

{n: reconnaissance, reconnaissance mission} the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy)
"an exchange of fire occurred on a reconnaissance mission"

{n: scholar, scholarly person, bookman, student} a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

{n: scouting trip} an expedition undertaken to gain information

{n: scouting, exploratory survey, reconnoitering, reconnoitring} exploring in order to gain information
"scouting in enemy territory is very dangerous"

{n: sensationalist, ballyhoo artist} someone who uses exaggerated or lurid material in order to gain public attention

{n: stunt} a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention

{n: sycophant, toady, crawler, lackey} a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

{n: symbiosis, mutualism} the relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other

{n: trust, corporate trust, combine, cartel} a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service
"they set up the trust in the hope of gaining a monopoly"

{n: upstart, parvenu, nouveau-riche, arriviste} a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class

{n: vocational rehabilitation program} a program of rehabilitation through job training with an eye to gainful employment

{n: vocational rehabilitation} providing training in a specific trade with the aim of gaining employment

{n: waste, wastefulness, dissipation} useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
"if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"
"mindless dissipation of natural resources"

{v: access, get at} reach or gain access to
"How does one access the attic in this house?"
"I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"

{v: buy time} act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage

{v: challenge, dispute, gainsay} take exception to
"She challenged his claims"

{v: consolidate} make firm or secure ; strengthen
"consolidate one's gains"
"consolidate one's hold on first place"

{v: crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitate} exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person ; be an advocate for
"The liberal party pushed for reforms"
"She is crusading for women's rights"
"The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"

{v: develop, acquire, evolve} gain through experience
"I acquired a strong aversion to television"
"Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"
"Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"
"develop a passion for painting"

{v: gain, put on} increase (one's body weight)
"She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising"
<-> reduce

{v: gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring in} earn on some commercial or business transaction ; earn as salary or wages
"How much do you make a month in your new job?"
"She earns a lot in her new job"
"this merger brought in lots of money"
"He clears $5,000 each month"

{v: pack on} gain (weight)
"He packed on two pounds over the summer"

{v: reach, make, attain, hit, arrive at, gain} reach a destination, either real or abstract
"We hit Detroit by noon"
"The water reached the doorstep"
"We barely made it to the finish line"
"I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"

{v: regret} be sorry
"I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"

{v: score, hit, tally, rack up} gain points in a game
"The home team scored many times"
"He hit a home run"
"He hit .300 in the past season"

{v: temporize, temporise} draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time
"The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote"

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