WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2015:

Principal Translations
ganar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (premio, beneficio)win vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  take vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Juan ha ganado el primer premio en la lotería.
ganar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (dinero, sueldo)earn vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Los futbolistas ganan mucho dinero.
ganar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (competencia, partido)win vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (opponent)beat vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 La selección española ganó el partido.
ganar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (mejorar)gain vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  improve vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El salón gana mucho con las cortinas nuevas.
ganar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (alcanzar: cima, orilla)reach vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 La expedición suiza ganó la cima de la montaña.
ganarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (merecer)deserve vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  earn vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 Juan se ha ganado una bronca por suspender.
 * Juan studied very hard to become a biologist. He deserves his large salary.
ganarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (derecho: merecer, conseguir) (deserve through effort)earn vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  (barely succeed, informal)pull off v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
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WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2015:

Compound Forms:
ganar | gañir
batallas que ganar battles to win nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
buscar ganar try to win v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
dejarse ganar loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (perder adrede)lose on purpose v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  (figurative)throw a game, throw a match exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
  give in vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
ganar espacio gain space, make space, save space v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
ganar la partida win the game v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
ganar terreno gain ground v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
ganar tiempo gain time, save time, buy time v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
ganar un juicio win a case, win a lawsuit vtr + n
no ganar para disgustos loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (no parar de tener contratiempos)never get a break v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  have more than enough worries v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
no ganar para sustos loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (no parar de recibir sustos)be one thing after another v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  have nothing but trouble v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
tener las de ganar be on a winning streak v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
verlo ganar see [sb] win v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
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