gained strength

  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The recovery gained strength = it became stronger

    You can think of it like a person gaining strength as part of their recovery from an illness — starting to get back to normal.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I would think in that context it means the number per month increased beyond the level of the previous year.
     
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