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tr.v. re·gained, re·gain·ing, re·gains
a. To recover possession of (something lost or taken away); get back: regained lost territory; regained their market share; regained the lead in the game.
b. To occupy again: regained his seat at the table
a. To have (the use or control of something) restored; get back: regained the ownership of the team.
b. To have the use of (a faculty, ability, or desirable condition) restored; be restored to (a normal or desirable condition): regained his balance; regained her confidence; regained their privacy.
3. To add back (body weight that has been lost).
a. To discover or be able to follow (a trail or scent) after losing it.
b. To manage to reach again: regained the summit.

re·gain′er n.
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Noun1.regaining - getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
acquisition - the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something; "the acquisition of wealth"; "the acquisition of one company by another"
clawback - finding a way to take money back from people that they were given in another way; "the Treasury will find some clawback for the extra benefits members received"
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References in classic literature ?
For some time after regaining her senses, Alice gazed wonderingly about the interior of the little cabin, and then, with a satisfied sigh, said:
On the day following Captain Bonneville's supervision of the industrious and frolicsome community of beavers, of which he has given so edifying an account, he succeeded in extricating himself from the Wind River Mountains, and regaining the plain to the eastward, made a great bend to the south, so as to go round the bases of the mountains, and arrived without further incident of importance, at the old place of rendezvous in Green River valley, on the 17th of September.
On regaining the plaza I had my third glimpse of the captive girl.
The company anticipates that it will regain compliance with the Nasdaq continued listing requirements upon filing its form 10-Q within the 60-day period and that regaining compliance within the 60-day period will eliminate the need for the company to submit a formal plan to regain compliance.
Hariri made a speech at the opening of the "Business and Financial forum: Regaining the Trust" at Phoenicia Hotel, organized by Confex, in collaboration with the Central Bank in which he said: "I am pleased that you picked for your meeting the title "Regaining the trust", which is the motto of our government.
Europe is poised to receive the most Iranian crude in about five years this month in a sign that the Persian Gulf nation may be regaining its share of a market it had lost to sanctions.
Le Drian underlined importance of regaining Raqqah as quick as possible.
The source told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the security forces supported by the Awakening forces carried out a major security operation to regain control on the area / 7 / kg, which was dominated by the militants, adding that" the operation has succeeded in regaining the region and killed several insurgents and the escape of others to unknown destinations.