[ win ]
/ wɪn /
verb (used without object), won, win·ning.
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).
verb (used with object), won, win·ning.
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.
- 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.
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.
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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
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
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British Dictionary definitions for win out (1 of 3)
(intr, adverb) informal to succeed or prevail as if in a contestsanity rarely wins out over prejudice
British Dictionary definitions for win out (2 of 3)
/ (wɪn) /
verb wins, winning or won
(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
- history to 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
the act or fact of reaching the finishing line or post first
See also win out
Derived Formswinnable, adjective
Word Origin for win
Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen
British Dictionary definitions for win out (3 of 3)
/ (wɪn) /
verb wins, winning, won or winned (tr) Irish, Scot and Northern English dialect
to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
a less common word for winnow
Word Origin for win
Old English, perhaps a variant of winnow
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Idioms and Phrases with win out (1 of 2)
Succeed, prevail, as in She was sure she'd win out if she persisted. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with win out (2 of 2)
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
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