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

Matthew Stafford, as the Lions’ quarterback and best player, is obviously key to whether the team will win on any given Sunday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions 2018 Most Important: No. 4 Ziggy Ansah's health is key," 14 July 2018 The combination of credit card customers using their plastic more but still keeping current on their bills is a winning formula for both financial institutions and the economy. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Credit card holders at JPMorgan rush to cash in their rewards points," 13 July 2018 Talackova made it to the shortlist in Canada, but didn’t win entry to the international contest. NBC News, "Transgender Miss Universe contender speaks up for trans kids," 13 July 2018 The Doubledays ended up losing to the Lowell Spinners, but Drake won the hearts of everyone in the stands. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "3-year-old boy sings national anthem at minor league baseball game, hits it out of the park," 13 July 2018 Whoever wins the July 17 runoff will face Democrat Tabitha Isner in the November general election. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Alabama's Bright, Roby face runoff election: A look at the congressional candidates," 13 July 2018 The last road victory in the series came in 2012 when New England won in Carson, Calif. . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Galaxy vs. Revolution," 14 July 2018 The players themselves responded powerfully in words, but most powerfully by winning in 1998. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Przybylski, who won the event in 2013 and 2015, appears to be in good position to chase his record score of 136 set in 2015. Steve Millar, Naperville Sun, "Watch the birdies: Frankfort’s Glenn Przybylski takes first-round lead in Naperville Men’s City Championship," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His win last year was his 10th victory at the annual Nathan's Famous competition. Thom Craver, CBS News, "How to watch Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest," 3 July 2018 López Obrador's supporters attributed his win to the longevity and personal charisma of a candidate who is running in his third consecutive election and has campaigned in every municipality in the country. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 The 28-year-old, who’s all but guaranteed to be the next congresswoman for New York’s 14th District, appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to talk about the surprise over her win and facing off against Donald Trump. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Doesn’t Know ‘How to Deal With a Girl From the Bronx’," 29 June 2018 The 28-year-old became a political celebrity overnight; since her unlikely win, she regularly gets stopped by supporters on the street, particularly Latina women who rush her to say that their whole families voted for her. Yohana Desta, HWD, "The Establishment Didn’t Think Ocasio-Cortez Could Win—But This Documentary Filmmaker Did," 29 June 2018 This is a win for workers and great work by @AGOWA. Courtney Becker, Philly.com, "Fast-food companies agree to end no-poaching agreements," 12 July 2018 This is also a huge win for outgoing GOP Gov. John Kasich, who has made Medicaid expansion a central part of his tenure. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Toothless trade resolution demonstrates Congress’s unwillingness to check Trump," 12 July 2018 This over-the-top espionage thriller gives her a chance to show off the humor, intelligence and fast emotional shifts that earned her five supporting nominations (but no win) back in the days of Grey’s. Tom Gilatto, PEOPLE.com, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 France and Belgium are a win away from a place in the World Cup final, and the two European powerhouses go head-to-head in Saint Petersburg, Russia, for the chance to play for the sport's biggest prize. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: France, Belgium Clash in World Cup Semifinals," 10 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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