- simple past tense and past participle of win1.
- to dwell; abide; stay.
Origin of won2
- a paper money and monetary unit of North and South Korea, equal to 100 chon.
Origin of won3
- 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 won
In 1992, Republican George H.W. Bush won the Asian-American vote by 24 points.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
No Jewish woman has been crowned Miss America since Bess Myerson won in 1945.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
Several Republicans won primaries in 2014 by running as ideologically pure conservatives who wanted new leadership in the House.Kamikaze Congress Prepares to Strike Boehner
January 6, 2015
And keep in mind that when Huckabee ran for president in 2008, he won the Iowa caucuses.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
In a frightening development for the GOP, Democrats had won even traditionally Republican constituencies in the Midwest.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Mabel's lawyer has won the most difficult case he ever fought for.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The tempter was sure that the battle was won, and smiled contentedly.
She had won her ambition of years, revenge on the man who had sent her to prison.
When at length he won to peace, after ten years, it was the peace of exhaustion.
The winning of a battle is not enough to engage all our admiration; it must be won by an artist.
- the past tense of win 1
- the standard monetary unit of North Korea, divided into 100 chon
- the standard monetary unit of South Korea, divided into 100 chon
- (intr) archaic to live or dwell
- (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 won
past tense and past participle of win, from Old English gewinnen, past participle of winnan.
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 won
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