win

verb
\ ˈwin How to pronounce win (audio) \
won\ ˈwən How to pronounce win (audio) \; winning

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.Hide
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)

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 How to pronounce win (audio) \ adjective
winnable \ ˈwi-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce win (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for win

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 problem is that, as of Thursday afternoon, Tipico listed the Astros as a –549 favorite to win the American League Championship Series. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2021 There’s a game to win, after all, when the Bruins (5-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-12) face the Ducks (5-1, 2-1) a few hours after the campus crowd has dispersed. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 The district is so heavily Democratic that the winner of that party’s primary is all-but-guaranteed to win the Jan. 11 special general election. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Oct. 2021 Rice has yet to win on the road and threw for just 36 yards against the Roadrunners. Charles Hollis, al, 22 Oct. 2021 Thomas and the Pistons returned to the finals the next season, beating the Lakers to win their first of two consecutive NBA titles. Andy Yamashita, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Oct. 2021 For the most part, the Bengals' pass protection has been good enough for Burrow to win games. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 22 Oct. 2021 Its premise of highly indebted people playing deadly children’s games to win a fortune can feel, for many, too on the nose. William Pesek, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 In the game of the weekThursday night, No. 4 West Linn blanked No. 1 Lake Oswego in the second half to win a Three Rivers League blockbuster. oregonlive, 22 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With one win from those two matches, the Rising will clinch the Western Conference title and home-field advantage all the way to the USL final. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 24 Oct. 2021 With the win, the Flyers moved to 6-3 on the season. Matt Stahl, The Courier-Journal, 23 Oct. 2021 With a win, the Utes check off one of the toughest remaining games on their schedule. oregonlive, 23 Oct. 2021 With the win, Norton is the Metro Conference champion. cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 The Houston Astros have a 3-2 lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series and can clinch their third trip to the World Series in five years with a win in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park on Friday. USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2021 With a win, Utah would open conference play at 4-0 for the first time since joining the league. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 23 Oct. 2021 Entering the final week of the season, Atholton, Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Glenelg are all 7-1 and would earn a share of the county crown next week with a win. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, 23 Oct. 2021 Baker's Astros advanced to the World Series with a 5-0 win Friday night in Game 6 of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 23 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/win. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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win

verb
\ ˈwin How to pronounce win (audio) \
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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