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 win

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

Synonyms for win

6. obtain, secure, acquire, achieve, reach, procure. See gain1. 13. convince. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for win over

win over


(tr, adverb) to gain the support or consent of (someone)Also: win round



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
  1. to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
  2. 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
  1. to extract (ore, coal, etc) from a mine
  2. to extract (metal or other minerals) from ore
  3. 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
See also win out
Derived Formswinnable, adjective

Word Origin for win

Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen



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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Word Origin and History for win over



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with win over

win over

Persuade, gain one's support, as in It won't be easy to win him over to our point of view. [Late 1800s]


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

also see:

  • (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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