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.
Origin of win1
Synonyms for win
verb (used with object), winned, win·ning. Scot. and North England.
Origin of win2
Related Words for wingold, success, achievement, accomplishment, sweep, score, gain, triumph, beat, achieve, upset, edge, overcome, prevail, earn, accomplish, secure, get, receive, make
Examples from the Web for win
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of win
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
verb wins, winning or won
- to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
- historyto 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