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. See More
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The winning project is awarded $5,000 towards the development of the series.—Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 Friday The Nighthawks have won 10 of 11 and put together a dominating 31-15 win over La Jolla in the Division 2 title game.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 Staub 5-Quart Round Tall Cocotte Nordic Ware Sheet Pan
This sheet pan has repeatedly won our tests and been crowned the best of its category.—Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 27 Nov. 2023 The home has won several architectural awards, including the 2018 Architecture Master Prize and the 2017 American Architecture Award.—Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 27 Nov. 2023 Vivek Ramaswamy: The political newcomer is spending like there’s no tomorrow in Iowa, buying meals for voters willing to hear him out — but not necessarily winning them over.—Jazmine Ulloa, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2023 The winning couple would receive three bonus points added to their scores for the evening.—Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 The winning images from the third annual Natural Landscape Photography Awards were just announced.—Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2023 Far from a winning electoral formula, some predict that the reshuffle could fracture the coalition that delivered a landslide victory for the Conservative Party in 2019.—Stephen Castle, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023
Next up, on Friday, is UC San Diego team that doesn’t have a win against anyone in the Kenpom top 200 and lost to No. 356 Idaho.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2023 But energy industry and right-leaning groups in the state praised the failure of the proposal to move forward as a win for consumers.—Thomas Catenacci, Fox News, 28 Nov. 2023 Drafting the right financial pro for your team can make all the difference, turning complex plays into strategic wins for your startup.—Bryce Welker, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 These provisions were added to the House version of the bill in amendment votes that were a win for House Freedom Conference members.—Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Quan’s route to winning his supporting actor Oscar for his performance included wins at the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards in addition to accolades from numerous media and critics groups.—Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 With the film, which turned 30 in August, Davis accomplished the rare feat of being both a commercial and critical success, culminating in seven Oscar nominations and one win for Tommy Lee Jones as best supporting actor.—Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Nov. 2023 Littrell, a running back on Oklahoma's 2000 national championship team, had a 44-44 record as head coach at North Texas, including a 44-17 win at Arkansas in 2018.—Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 26 Nov. 2023 Selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan, the athletic director at North Carolina State, said Missouri’s big win last week against Tennessee helped bolster Georgia’s case for No. 1.—Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 See More
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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"
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).