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verb (used without object), won, win·ning.
  1. to finish first in a race, contest, or the like.
  2. to succeed by striving or effort: He applied for a scholarship and won.
  3. to gain the victory; overcome an adversary: The home team won.
  4. Slang. to be successful or competent and be acknowledged for it: My sister wins at getting the biggest bargains.Compare fail(def 9).
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verb (used with object), won, win·ning.
  1. to succeed in reaching (a place, condition, etc.), especially by great effort: They won the shore through a violent storm.
  2. to get by effort, as through labor, competition, or conquest: He won his post after years of striving.
  3. to gain (a prize, fame, etc.).
  4. to be successful in (a game, battle, etc.).
  5. to make (one's way), as by effort or ability.
  6. to attain or reach (a point, goal, etc.).
  7. to gain (favor, love, consent, etc.), as by qualities or influence.
  8. to gain the favor, regard, or adherence of.
  9. to gain the consent or support of; persuade (often followed by over): The speech won them over to our side.
  10. to persuade to marry; gain in marriage.
  11. British Mining.
    1. to obtain (ore, coal, etc.).
    2. to prepare (a vein, bed, mine, etc.) for working, by means of shafts or the like.
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noun
  1. a victory, as in a game or horse race.
  2. the position of the competitor who comes in first in a horse race, harness race, etc.Compare place(def 27b), show(def 27).
  3. Slang.
    1. a success, or something good: She was having a bad week, so she really needed a win.Compare fail(def 14a).
    2. the state or quality of being successful or good: There was so much win in last night’s episode!Compare fail(def 14b).
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adjective
  1. Slang.
    1. successful or competent.Compare fail(def 19b).
    2. very good or of high quality; awesome: To hear him play, now that was win!Compare fail(def 19c).
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interjection
  1. Slang. (used to acknowledge success, competence, etc.): I just got tickets to the concert. Win!
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Verb Phrases
  1. win out, to win or succeed, especially over great odds; triumph: His finer nature finally won out.
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Idioms
  1. for the win, Slang. (used to express enthusiasm for someone or something that is very good, likely to succeed, etc.): a plant-based diet, for the win!
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Origin of win1

before 900; Middle English winnen (v.), Old English winnan to work, fight, bear; cognate with German gewinnen, Old Norse vinna, Gothic winnan
Related formswin·na·ble, adjective

Synonyms

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6. obtain, secure, acquire, achieve, reach, procure. See gain1. 13. convince.

win2

[win]
verb (used with object), winned, win·ning. Scot. and North England.
  1. to dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.
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Origin of win2

First recorded in 1550–60; perhaps variant of winnow
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Examples from the Web for win

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  • Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • In the end, then, you'll be out a lot of money even if you win.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It was almost impossible to win their confidence, or to get information from them.

  • There he stuck, and it stood to reason that he could not win.

  • Yet you could ever win me over to your side with that soft voice of yours.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for win

win1

verb wins, winning or won
  1. (intr) to achieve first place in a competition
  2. (tr) to gain or receive (a prize, first place, etc) in a competition
  3. (tr) to succeed in or gain (something) with an effortwe won recognition
  4. win one's spurs
    1. to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
    2. historyto be knighted
  5. to gain victory or triumph in (a battle, argument, etc)
  6. (tr) to earn or procure (a living, etc) by work
  7. (tr) to take possession of, esp violently; capturethe Germans never won Leningrad
  8. (when intr, foll by out, through, etc) to reach with difficulty (a desired condition or position) or become free, loose, etc, with effortthe boat won the shore; the boat won through to the shore
  9. (tr) to turn someone into (a supporter, enemy, etc)you have just won an ally
  10. (tr) to gain (the sympathy, loyalty, etc) of someone
  11. (tr) to obtain (a woman, etc) in marriage
  12. (tr)
    1. to extract (ore, coal, etc) from a mine
    2. to extract (metal or other minerals) from ore
    3. to discover and make (a mineral deposit) accessible for mining
  13. you can't win informal an expression of resignation after an unsuccessful attempt to overcome difficulties
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noun
  1. informal a success, victory, or triumph
  2. profit; winnings
  3. the act or fact of reaching the finishing line or post first
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See also win out
Derived Formswinnable, adjective

Word Origin

Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen

win2

verb wins, winning, won or winned (tr) Irish, Scot and Northern English dialect
  1. to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
  2. a less common word for winnow
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Word Origin

Old English, perhaps a variant of winnow
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Word Origin and History for win

v.

fusion of Old English winnan "struggle for, work at, strive, fight," and gewinnan "to gain or succeed by struggling, to win," both from Proto-Germanic *wenwanan (cf. Old Saxon winnan, Old Norse vinna, Old Frisian winna, Dutch winnen "to gain, win," Danish vinde "to win," Old High German winnan "to strive, struggle, fight," German gewinnen "to gain, win," Gothic gawinnen "to suffer, toil"). Perhaps related to wish, or from PIE *van- "overcome, conquer." Related: Won; winning.

Sense of "to be victorious" is recorded from c.1300. Breadwinner preserves the sense of "toil" in Old English winnan. Phrase you can't win them all (1954) first attested in Raymond Chandler. Winningest is attested by 1804.

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n.

Old English winn "labor, strife, conflict," from the source of win (v.). Modern sense of "a victory in a game or contest" is first attested 1862, from the verb.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with win

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