For the verb: "to win"
|Simple Past: ||won|
|Past Participle: ||won|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
win1 /wɪn/USA pronunciation
v., won/wʌn/USA pronunciation win•ning, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to finish first, as in a race or contest;
win a victory in: [~ + object]She won the marathon.[no object]He never wins.
- to be victorious in (a battle, war, etc.)[~ + object]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.
- to gain, as by one's good qualities, hard work, or influence[~ + object]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.
(win), v., won, win•ning, n.
- 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.
- to succeed in reaching (a place, condition, etc.), esp. 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 fol. by over):The speech won them over to our side.
- to persuade to marry;
gain in marriage.
- to obtain (ore, coal, etc.).
win out, to win or succeed, esp. over great odds;
- to prepare (a vein, bed, mine, etc.) for working, by means of shafts or the like.
triumph:His finer nature finally won out.
- a victory, as in a game or horse race.
- Sportthe position of the competitor who comes in first in a horse race, harness race, etc. Cf.place (def. 27b),show (def. 29).
5 . obtain, secure, acquire, achieve, reach, procure. See gain 1. 12 . convince.
(win), v.t., winned, win•ning. [Scot. and North Eng.]
Middle English winnen (verb, verbal), Old English winnan to work, fight, bear;
cognate with German gewinnen, Old Norse vinna, Gothic winnan
- Scottish Termsto dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.
- perh. variant of winnow 1550–60
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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