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win

play
verb \ˈwin\

Simple Definition of win

  • : to achieve victory in a fight, contest, game, etc.

  • : to get (something, such as a prize) by achieving victory in a fight, contest, game, etc.

  • : to get (something) by effort

Full Definition of win

won play \ˈwən\ win·ning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to get possession of by effort or fortune b :  to obtain by work :  earn <striving to win a living from the sterile soil>

  3. 2 a :  to gain in or as if in battle or contest <won the championship> b :  to be the victor in <won the war>

  4. 3 a :  to make friendly or favorable to oneself or to one's cause —often used with over <won him over with persuasive arguments> b :  to induce to accept oneself in marriage <was unable to win the woman he loved>

  5. 4 a :  to obtain (as ore, coal, or clay) by mining b :  to prepare (as a vein or bed) for regular mining c :  to recover (as metal) from ore

  6. 5 :  to reach by expenditure of effort

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to gain the victory in a contest :  succeed

  9. 2 :  to succeed in arriving at a place or a state

win·less play \ˈwin-ləs\ adjective
win·na·ble play \ˈwi-nə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of win

  1. The boxer won the match by knockout.

  2. He won't give up until he's won the argument.

  3. Neither candidate won the debate.

  4. We tried our best, but you can't win them all.

  5. They played well, but they didn't win.

  6. The chances of winning are 1 in 100,000.

  7. It's not about winning or losing. It's about having fun.

  8. She won a tennis trophy.

  9. Her book won the Pulitzer Prize.

  10. She won praise for her hard work.



Origin of win

Middle English winnen, from Old English winnan to struggle; akin to Old High German winnan to struggle and probably to Latin venus sexual desire, charm, Sanskrit vanas desire, vanoti he strives for


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with win


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win

noun

Simple Definition of win

  • : an act of achieving victory especially in a game or contest

Full Definition of win

  1. :  victory; especially :  first place at the finish (as of a horse race)

Examples of win

  1. a pitcher with 15 wins

  2. Their win over the first place team was unexpected.



1862

First Known Use of win

1862

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WIN Defined for Kids

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win

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verb \ˈwin\

Definition of win

won \ˈwən\win·ning

  1. 1 :  to achieve the victory in a contest <She likes to win.>

  2. 2 :  to obtain by victory <I won the trophy.>

  3. 3 :  to be the victor in <I hope you win the race.>

  4. 4 :  to get by effort or skill :  gain <The performance won praise.>

  5. 5 :  to ask and get the favor of <He won over the voters.>

win·ner noun



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win

play
noun

Definition of win

  1. :  an act or instance of winning





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