Essential Meaning of win
1 : to achieve victory in a fight, contest, game, etc. The boxer won the match by knockout. They won the battle/war. See More ExamplesShe won the election. 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. Okay, you win. [=I agree to do what you want] We'll go to the movies.
2 : to get (something, such as a prize) by achieving victory in a fight, contest, game, etc. She won a tennis trophy. Her book won the Pulitzer Prize.
3 : to get (something) by effort She won praise for her hard work. His perseverance won him the job. [=he got the job because of his perseverance]
Full Definition of win
(Entry 1 of 2)
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
Definition of win (Entry 2 of 2)
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