- to finish first in a race, contest, or the like.
- to succeed by striving or effort: He applied for a scholarship and won.
- to gain the victory; overcome an adversary: The home team won.
- Slang. to be successful or competent and be acknowledged for it: My sister wins at getting the biggest bargains.Compare fail(def 9).
- to succeed in reaching (a place, condition, etc.), especially by great effort: They won the shore through a violent storm.
- to get by effort, as through labor, competition, or conquest: He won his post after years of striving.
- to gain (a prize, fame, etc.).
- to be successful in (a game, battle, etc.).
- to make (one's way), as by effort or ability.
- to attain or reach (a point, goal, etc.).
- to gain (favor, love, consent, etc.), as by qualities or influence.
- to gain the favor, regard, or adherence of.
- to gain the consent or support of; persuade (often followed by over): The speech won them over to our side.
- to persuade to marry; gain in marriage.
- British Mining.
- to obtain (ore, coal, etc.).
- to prepare (a vein, bed, mine, etc.) for working, by means of shafts or the like.
- a victory, as in a game or horse race.
- the position of the competitor who comes in first in a horse race, harness race, etc.Compare place(def 27b), show(def 27).
- Slang. (used to acknowledge success, competence, etc.): I just got tickets to the concert. Win!
- win out, to win or succeed, especially over great odds; triumph: His finer nature finally won out.
- 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!
Origin of win1
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- to dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.
Origin of win2
Examples from the Web for win
Except the Braves did not win 14 straight pennants (they did win 14 straight division titles), and Smoltz is a also Republican.Conservative Curt Says His Politics, Not His Pitching, Kept Him Out of the Hall of Fame
January 9, 2015
Her Miss America win transcended mere superficial beauty standards.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
If history is a guide, Huckabee will need to resonate with more than just the faithful if he is to win.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
She fails to appreciate the congressional and constitutional obstacles Johnson had to overcome to win passage of the bill.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
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.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
There he stuck, and it stood to reason that he could not win.Way of the Lawless
Yet you could ever win me over to your side with that soft voice of yours.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- (intr) to achieve first place in a competition
- (tr) to gain or receive (a prize, first place, etc) in a competition
- (tr) to succeed in or gain (something) with an effortwe won recognition
- win one's spurs
- to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
- historyto be knighted
- to gain victory or triumph in (a battle, argument, etc)
- (tr) to earn or procure (a living, etc) by work
- (tr) to take possession of, esp violently; capturethe Germans never won Leningrad
- (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
- (tr) to turn someone into (a supporter, enemy, etc)you have just won an ally
- (tr) to gain (the sympathy, loyalty, etc) of someone
- (tr) to obtain (a woman, etc) in marriage
- to extract (ore, coal, etc) from a mine
- to extract (metal or other minerals) from ore
- to discover and make (a mineral deposit) accessible for mining
- you can't win informal an expression of resignation after an unsuccessful attempt to overcome difficulties
- informal a success, victory, or triumph
- profit; winnings
- the act or fact of reaching the finishing line or post first
- to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
- a less common word for winnow
Word Origin and History for win
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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with win
In addition to the idioms beginning with win
- win by a nose
- wind down
- wind up
- wine and dine
- wing it
- win hands down
- winning streak
- win one's spurs
- win on points
- win out
- win over
- win some, lose some
- win through