win

verb
\ ˈwin \
won\ˈwən \; winning

Definition of win 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to get possession of by effort or fortune

b : to obtain by work : earn striving to win a living from the sterile soil

2a : to gain in or as if in battle or contest won the championship

b : to be the victor in won the war

3a : 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

4a : to obtain (something, such as ore, coal, or clay) by mining

b : to prepare (a vein or bed) for regular mining

c : to recover (metal) from ore

5 : to reach by expenditure of effort

intransitive verb

1 : to gain the victory in a contest : succeed

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

win

noun

Definition of win (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other words from win

Verb

winless \ˈwin-ləs \ adjective
winnable \ˈwi-nə-bəl \ adjective

Examples of win in a Sentence

Verb

The boxer won the match by knockout. He won't give up until he's won the argument. Neither candidate won the debate. We tried our best, but you can't win them all. They played well, but they didn't win. The chances of winning are 1 in 100,000. It's not about winning or losing. It's about having fun. She won a tennis trophy. Her book won the Pulitzer Prize. She won praise for her hard work.

Noun

a pitcher with 15 wins Their win over the first place team was unexpected.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Rangers have a .432 winning percentage, the worst in the American League West and fifth worst in the AL. Josh Land, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles on deck: Pregame roster move, plus what to watch Saturday vs. Rangers and more," 14 July 2018 And, of course, there’s also the other side of the deal, the players the Braves received who have helped get them back on the winning track. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller trade still haunting them," 13 July 2018 The couples only have 10 attempts at finding the winning combination. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Are You The One? How MTV's Hit Love Competition Works," 12 July 2018 Texas has a winning formula: no corporate or personal tax, smart spending, rising gas prices and an almost unbelievable rate of job growth. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "CNBC ranks Texas No. 1 for business, but offers residents a few warnings," 11 July 2018 Both show that winning is a brutal, perilous, and risky affair. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—AT&T Risking HBO Franchise With Corporate Pressure," 10 July 2018 Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept out the shots and defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal from a corner. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Superb defense takes France close to another World Cup title," 10 July 2018 Not only has London fallen behind on promises to build that housing, but housing prices in the area shot up 71 percent between 2005, when London’s winning bid was announced, and 2016. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has suggested a prize system in which the government buys up the patents of drugs that prove themselves effective, and then allows them to be retailed as generics. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Normal for the U.S. to Put Corporate Profits Above Babies’ Health," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The holes Donald Trump kicked in the rusty northern bit of that wall, and his coupling of an electoral-college win with a popular-vote defeat, has understandably dampened Republican enthusiasm. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 The Wolfpack quickly rattled off a six-game win streak featuring decisive victories at Florida State and against Louisville, before falling to Notre Dame and Clemson. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Despite key departures, NC State is No. 47 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 11 July 2018 Roger Federer’s Wimbledon win streak came to a shocking halt Wednesday. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Roger Federer had a brutally honest response to his stunning Wimbledon upset," 11 July 2018 Callison’s was a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth of a 7-4 National League win. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Baseball All-Star Game rosters, TV, streaming info, stats and some Phillies' history," 9 July 2018 Last week, Oakland took six in a row to build their longest win streak of the season and take over third place in the division for the first time since April. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "The Mariners Firmly Enter Baseball's Top Tier in Our Latest Power Rankings," 2 July 2018 The defending champion Lynx are on a seven-game win streak and have a home game coming up against Los Angeles on Thursday. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Phoenix Mercury starting power forward Sancho Lyttle out with season-ending knee injury," 2 July 2018 Add in the 11 runs Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles, and the Cubs averaged 11.5 runs per game in their four-game win streak. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "After scoring 46 runs in 4 games, theories abound for reasons behind Cubs' surging offense," 2 July 2018 With Saturday’s win, the Orioles staved off becoming the quickest team to 70 losses before the All-Star break with one game to go Sunday. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'win.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of win

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for win

Verb

Middle English winnen "to strive, struggle, obtain by exertion, earn with labor, gain, triumph," going back to Old English winnan "to labor, strive," going back to a Germanic verb base *wenu̯- (whence Old Saxon winnan "to struggle, suffer, acquire," Old High German, "to labor, struggle, rage," Old Norse vinna "to labor, suffer, gain," Gothic winnan "to suffer"); akin to Sanskrit vanoti "(s/he) demands, strives for, obtains," vanate "(s/he) shall obtain," Avestan vanaiti "(s/he) defeats"

Note: According to Rix, et al., Lexikon der indogermanischen Verben (Wiesbaden, 1998), Indo-European *u̯en-, the source of these verbs is distinct from *u̯enH-, the source of Sanskrit vanate "(s/he) likes, takes pleasure in," Latin venus "physical desire, qualities exciting desire, charm" (see venus).

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win

verb

English Language Learners Definition of win

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

win

noun

English Language Learners Definition of win (Entry 2 of 2)

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

win

verb
\ ˈwin \
won\ˈwən \; winning

Kids Definition of win

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : to obtain by victory I won the trophy.

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

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

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

Other words from win

winner noun

win

noun

Kids Definition of win (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of winning

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