For the verb: "to win"
|Simple Past: ||won|
|Past Participle: ||won|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
win1 /wɪn/USA pronunciation
v., won/wʌn/USA pronunciation win•ning, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.
(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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