- Win is defined as to finish first or be the most successful at something.
- An example of to win is a runner being the first to cross the finish line in a race.
- An example of to win is a dog getting first place at a dog show.
- to gain a victory; be victorious; triumph: sometimes with out
- to finish in first place in a race, contest, etc.
- to succeed in reaching or achieving a specified condition or place; get: with various prepositions, adverbs, or adjectives: to win back to health
Origin: Middle English winnen from Old English winnan, to fight, endure, struggle, akin to German winnen, to struggle, contend from Indo-European base an unverified form wen-, to desire, strive for from source wish, Classical Latin venus, love
- to get by effort, labor, struggle, etc.; specif.,
- to gain or acquire through accomplishment: to win distinctions
- to achieve or attain (one's point, demands, etc.)
- to gain (a prize or award) in competition
- to obtain or earn (a livelihood, security, etc.)
- to be successful or victorious in (a contest, game, dispute, etc.)
- to get to, usually with effort; reach: they won the top of the hill by noon
- to prevail upon; influence; persuade: often with over: to win someone over to one's side
- to gain the sympathy, favor, affection, or love of: to win a supporter, friend, etc.
- to gain (someone's sympathy, affection, love, etc.)
- to persuade to marry one
- to extract (metal, minerals, etc.) from ore
- to obtain (coal, ore, etc.) by mining
- to prepare (a vein, shaft, etc.) for mining
- an act of winning; victory, as in a contest
- first position at the finish of a race
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verb won won , win·ning, wins verb, intransitive
- To achieve victory or finish first in a competition.
- To achieve success in an effort or venture: struggled to overcome the handicap and finally won.
- To achieve victory or finish first in.
- To receive as a prize or reward for performance.
- a. To achieve or attain by effort: win concessions in negotiations.b. To obtain or earn (a livelihood, for example). See Synonyms at earn1.
- To make (one's way) with effort.
- To reach with difficulty: The ship won a safe port.
- To take in battle; capture: won the heights after a fierce attack.
- To succeed in gaining the favor or support of; prevail on: Her eloquence won over the audience.
- a. To gain the affection or loyalty of.b. To appeal successfully to (someone's sympathy, for example).c. To persuade (another) to marry one: He wooed and won her.
- a. To discover and open (a vein or deposit) in mining.b. To extract from a mine or from mined ore.
- a. A victory, especially in a competition.b. First place in a competition.
- An amount won or earned.
Origin: Middle English winnen, from Old English winnan, to fight, strive; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
- winˈless adjective
- winˈna·ble adjective
win - Computer Definition
(1) A short name for Windows; for example, Win95 or Win98. The executable program name that launched Windows 3.0 and 3.1 was WIN.EXE. It certainly was a positive note for Microsoft to have millions of people type in the word "win" every time they launched Windows.
(2) All the Windows "how to's" in this encyclopedia contain a "Win" prefix.
(3) (WIN) (Wireless Intelligent Network) An information and control system for cellular phone networks. It includes the signaling protocol and all service and transaction processing components. Also known as IS-41 and ANSI-41. WIN and EDGE are key elements in the UWC Consortium's UWC-136 initiative. See UWC Consortium.
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win - Phrases/Idioms
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