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

Synonyms & Antonyms for win

Synonyms: Verb

conquer, prevail, triumph

Synonyms: Noun

palm, triumph, victory

Antonyms: Verb

lose

Antonyms: Noun

beating, defeat, drubbing, licking, loss, overthrow, rout, shellacking, trimming, whipping

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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 Super Bowl Predictor—popularized by market analyst Robert H. Stovall—foretells the stock market for the full year based on who wins the big game in February. William Power, WSJ, "Fans of the Super Bowl-Based Market Predictor Are Betting on the Rams," 1 Feb. 2019 Cooper also got a shoutout from costar Lady Gaga, who won Best Actress of the Year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Suit Up for Another Rare Public Appearance," 9 Jan. 2019 Dan Minahan, who recently won an Emmy for his work on American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, will direct. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ewan McGregor to Star as Halston in New Miniseries About the Fashion Designer's Life," 7 Jan. 2019 Tech companies want it very much, and so does California Democrat Ro Khanna, who won re-election last night. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Democrats’ victory in the midterms will be good for Facebook," 8 Nov. 2018 Richard Madden won a Golden Globe for his nuanced portrayal of a veteran suffering from PTSD. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 Democrat Steve Sisolak won the governorship of Nevada after announcing his support of a ballot initiative that would mandate Nevada use 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 In fact, Judy Garland was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in A Star Is Born — and won. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Lady Gaga Accidentally Pays Tribute to Judy Garland's 'A Star Is Born' Look at Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 In the November midterm elections, several candidates for governor and congressional offices campaigned — and won — on their climate change bona fides. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dennis Schroder scored 20 points and Jerami Grant had 19 to help the Thunder win for the eighth time in nine games. Cliff Brunt, The Seattle Times, "Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double leads OKC past Magic," 5 Feb. 2019 According to Sports Illustrated, he is now tied with former Niners and Cowboys defensive end Charles Haley for the most wins in any position. Megan Stein, Country Living, "How Many Super Bowls Has Tom Brady Won?," 3 Feb. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up For the Rams, the win validates gutsy decision making that was on display Sunday but stretches back two years. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Rams Rally to Claim Super Bowl Spot," 20 Jan. 2019 The critics are split, though bettors seem more than confident that Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer's show will definitely score the win. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See if Your 2019 Golden Globe Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 5 Jan. 2019 Well, clearly, when fewer people vote, Republicans and the GOP win. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The fight for voting rights is personal for Rep. Terri Sewell," 11 Dec. 2018 The one with the most wins! Blindfolded Makeup Challenge Want some big laughs? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Resplendent in Spring 2018’s neon blazer and skintight leggings combo, Musgraves pulled off another daring suit to celebrate the landmark win. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Versace, Kacey Musgraves Gave the CMAs Its Fashion Moment," 15 Nov. 2018 Like a duel, whichever film scores the most points wins. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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