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 Hopkins missed his first attempt to win the game, but he was given a reprieve when Dexter Lawrence was flagged for being offside. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2021 In a 25-game stretch between 2015 and 2019, the Timbers failed to win a single game without Chará. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Each photo or video submission gets you an extra entry for even more chances to win prizes. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Atlanta’s NL East lead was trimmed to 3½ games over Philadelphia as the Braves attempt to win the division for the fourth straight year. George Henry, ajc, 16 Sep. 2021 Coach Brian Flores is yet to win against Buffalo as Dolphins coach, but the Bills have simply had more talented teams in Flores’ first two years at the helm in Miami. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Louisville led for the bulk of the second and third sets, winning each, before UK came back to win the fourth set. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 16 Sep. 2021 The atmosphere at Soldier Field will be hostile and the Bengals will have to execute at a high level to win. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 16 Sep. 2021 The survey finds that 36% of Americans don't think Biden legitimately got sufficient votes to win last November. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Only the Raiders gained more yards in their thrilling Monday Night win in overtime over the Ravens. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 In its win over LSU, UCLA allowed Max Johnson to throw for 330 yards and three scores. Vsin Staff, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 The place of the sixth man is the tiebreaker, and Hach finished 27th, three places ahead of Westerville North’s sixth man, giving the Bees their third invitational win in as many weeks. Joe Magill, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 Andy Howard threw three touchdown passes as Albertville beat host Grissom, 34-27 for its first win of the season. al, 17 Sep. 2021 Vance Joseph was modest telling reporters on Thursday about the Arizona Cardinals defense in their Week 1 road win over the Tennessee Titans, 38-13. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 Florida coach Dan Mullen is looking for his first career win against the Crimson Tide (0-10). Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Her win on Saturday turned her into a superstar overnight, putting her in demand in the United States. Steve Douglas, ajc, 17 Sep. 2021 Quick slant: After narrowly beating Appalachian State for their first win last weekend, the Hurricanes will play the Spartans for the second of four consecutive home games in September. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Sep. 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

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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