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  1. (obsolete) Against.
  1. (obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.
  2. (obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.
  3. (dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.
  4. (dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.
  1. (obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means.
  2. (dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.
  3. (dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.
  1. The act of gaining; acquisition.
  2. What is gained.
  3. (electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.
  1. (transitive) To acquire possession of.
  2. (intransitive) To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress.
  3. (transitive, dated) To come off winner or victor in; to be successful in; to obtain by competition.
  4. (transitive) To increase.
  5. (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.
  6. (transitive) To reach.
  7. To draw into any interest or party; to win to one's side; to conciliate.
  8. (intransitive) To put on weight.
  9. (of a clock or watch) To run fast.
  1. (architecture) A square or bevelled notch cut out of a girder, binding joist, or other timber which supports a floor beam, so as to receive the end of the floor beam.
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