verb (used without object), won, win·ning.
verb (used with object), won, win·ning.
- to obtain (ore, coal, etc.).
- to prepare (a vein, bed, mine, etc.) for working, by means of shafts or the like.
- wimp out,
- wimshurst machine,
- win by a nose,
- win hands down,
- win on points,
- win one's spurs,
- win out
Origin of win1
verb (used with object), winned, win·ning. Scot. and North England.
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|Ben Jacobs|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her Miss America win transcended mere superficial beauty standards.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.
If history is a guide, Huckabee will need to resonate with more than just the faithful if he is to win.
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’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It will win artists to a phase of the sublime in America which they have overlooked.The Book of the National Parks|Robert Sterling Yard
I do not see how the Count D'Orsay can fail to win your heart.Adle Dubois|Mrs. William T. Savage
This was encouraging and I endeavored to win the fair Maxine along those lines.Nat Goodwin's Book|Nat C. Goodwin
He knew the power of constant attention, and the display of ardent passion, to win the female heart.Tales And Novels, Volume 7 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
Keep up your courage, Bert, and you will be more likely to win success.Five Hundred Dollars|Horatio Alger
verb wins, winning or won
- to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
- history to be knighted
- 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
Word Origin for win
verb wins, winning, won or winned (tr) Irish, Scot and Northern English dialect
Word Origin 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.
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
- (win) hands down
- no-win situation
- slow but sure (steady wins the race)
- you can't win
- you can't win 'em all