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For the verb: "to win"
|Simple Past: ||won|
|Past Participle: ||won|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
win1 /wɪn/USA pronunciation
v., won/wʌn/USA pronunciation win•ning,n.
- to finish first, as in a race or contest;
win a victory in: [~ + object]She won the marathon.[no object]He never wins.
- [~ + object] to be victorious in (a battle, war, etc.):They won the war.
- to achieve by effort, as through hard work, or by competition or luck: [~ + object]He won the prize.[no object]We never seem to win.
- [~ + object] to gain, as by one's good qualities, hard work, or influence:She won the respect of her coworkers.
- win over, to gain the favor, consent, or support of: [~ + object + over]Her arguments eventually won us over.[~ + over + object]She could win over even the most stubborn opponents.
- a victory, as in a game, a horse race, etc.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
win /wɪn/ vb (wins, winning, won)
- (intransitive) to achieve first place in a competition
- (transitive) to gain or receive (a prize, first place, etc) in a competition
- (transitive) to succeed in or gain (something) with an effort: we won recognition
- to gain victory or triumph in (a battle, argument, etc)
- (transitive) to earn or procure (a living, etc) by work
- when intr, followed by out, through, etc: to reach with difficulty (a desired condition or position) or become free, loose, etc, with effort: the boat won the shore, the boat won through to the shore
- (transitive) to gain (the sympathy, loyalty, etc) of someone
- (transitive) to obtain (a woman, etc) in marriage
- (transitive) 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
Etymology: Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnenˈwinnable adj
- informal a success, victory, or triumph
- profit; winnings
- the act or fact of reaching the finishing line or post first
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