Definition of won

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past tense and past participle of win


\ ˈwȯn How to pronounce won (audio) \
plural won also wons

Definition of won (Entry 2 of 3)

the basic monetary unit of North Korea and South Korea — see Money Table


\ ˈwən How to pronounce won (audio) , ˈwōn How to pronounce won (audio) \
wonned; wonning

Definition of won (Entry 3 of 3)

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The Department of Justice took Microsoft to trial and won, setting the precedent that technology companies can't maintain monopolistic power by privileging their products. CNN, "Silicon Valley is changing the world. It must do more to ensure everyone benefits," 25 June 2019 Trade-sensitive peers like the new Taiwan dollar and South Korean won have both slipped in 2019, down by less than 1% each. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "As Fed Fuels a Global Rally, Asian Currencies Lag Behind," 11 Jan. 2019 Reavie last won in the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, 3,983 days and 250 starts ago. Bill Speros, azcentral, "Chez Reavie ends 11-year PGA Tour drought with Travelers Championship victory," 23 June 2019 Other top movies and TV shows that won awards this year included A Star Is Born, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Schitt’s Creek. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019: See the full list of winners," 17 June 2019 Still, insights like these are gradual and hard-won, and Jansson knows future scientists will need to take up the cause of discovering all the ways soil microbes affect the rest of the planet. Quanta Magazine, "Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden Life," 16 June 2015 Had the left-hander won, Vondrousova would have become the first teen to win a major since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open and the first at Roland Garros since Iva Majoli in 1997. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Ashleigh Barty beats Marketa Vondrousova to win French Open," 8 June 2019 The government is aiming to expand that market to 15 trillion won ($12.7 billion) by 2023. Washington Post, "South Korean businesses growingly adopt unmanned services," 6 June 2019 The Korea Herald reported on Thursday (June 6) that the South Korean entertainment company is thought to be valued at between 1.28 trillion won ($1.08 billion) and 2.28 trillion won ($2.07 billion). Harley Brown, Billboard, "BTS' Agency Big Hit Entertainment Valued Over $1B, According to Think Tank," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of won


circa 1917, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for won


Korean wŏn


Middle English, from Old English wunian — more at wont

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