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win

play
verb \ ˈwin \

Definition of win

won play \ˈwən\; winning
transitive verb
1 a :to get possession of by effort or fortune
b :to obtain by work :earn
  • striving to win a living from the sterile soil
2 a :to gain in or as if in battle or contest
  • won the championship
b :to be the victor in
  • won the war
3 a :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
4 a :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

winless

play \ˈwin-ləs\ adjective

winnable

play \ˈwi-nə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of win in a Sentence

  1. The boxer won the match by knockout.

  2. He won't give up until he's won the argument.

  3. Neither candidate won the debate.

  4. We tried our best, but you can't win them all.

  5. They played well, but they didn't win.

  6. The chances of winning are 1 in 100,000.

  7. It's not about winning or losing. It's about having fun.

  8. She won a tennis trophy.

  9. Her book won the Pulitzer Prize.

  10. She won praise for her hard work.

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Origin and Etymology of win

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).

win Synonyms

Synonyms
conquer, prevail, triumph, carry the day; kick butt
Antonyms
lose
Related Words
overcome, sweep; squeak, squeeze; contend, vie; succeed; breeze, romp
Near Antonyms
collapse, fail, flop, fold, wash out; flounder, struggle; decline, slip, slump, wane

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win

noun

Definition of win

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

Examples of win in a Sentence

  1. a pitcher with 15 wins

  2. Their win over the first place team was unexpected.

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First Known Use of win

1862

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WIN Defined for English Language Learners

win

play
verb

Definition of win for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of win for English Language Learners

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


WIN Defined for Kids

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win

play
verb \ ˈwin \

Definition of win for Students

won \ˈwən\; winning
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.

winner

noun

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win

noun

Definition of win for Students

:an act or instance of winning


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