verb (used with object)

  1. to get again; recover: to regain one’s health.
  2. to succeed in reaching again; get back to: to regain the shore.


  1. (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.

verb (rɪˈɡeɪn) (tr)

  1. to take or get back; recover
  2. to reach again

noun (ˈriːˌɡeɪn)

  1. the process of getting something back, esp lost weightthis regain was inevitable

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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