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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Idioms about win

    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

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English verb winnen, win(ne) “to strive, exert effort,” Old English winnan “to labor, work, fight, bear”; cognate with German gewinnen, Old Norse vinna, Gothic winnan

synonym study for win

6. See gain1.

OTHER WORDS FROM win

win·na·ble, adjective

Other definitions for win (2 of 2)

win2
[ win ]
/ wɪn /

verb (used with object), winned, win·ning.Scot. and North England.
to dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.

Origin of win

2
First recorded in 1550–60; etymology uncertain; perhaps variant of winnow
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How to use win in a sentence

  • The correct English preterite, won, is still in use, but against it are arrayed wan and winned.

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for win (1 of 2)

win1
/ (wɪn) /

verb wins, winning or won
noun
See also win out

Derived forms of win

winnable, adjective

Word Origin for win

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

British Dictionary definitions for win (2 of 2)

win2
/ (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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Other Idioms and Phrases with win

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