- 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.
intransitive verbwon, winning
- 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 of winMiddle 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
verbwon won , win·ning, wins
- 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: won the race.
- To receive as a prize or reward for performance: won a gold medal.
- a. To achieve or obtain by effort: win concessions in negotiations.b. To gain (respect or love, for example) by effort: See Synonyms at earn.
- 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.
- a. To succeed in gaining the affection or loyalty of (someone): He wooed and won her.b. To succeed in gaining the favor or support of; prevail on: Her eloquence won over the audience.
- 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 of winMiddle English winnen, from Old English winnan, to fight, strive; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English winne, wunne, from Old English wynn (“joy, rapture, pleasure, delight, gladness”), from Proto-Germanic *wunjō (“joy, delight, pleasure, lust”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, wish, desire, love”). Cognate with German Wonne (“bliss, joy, delight”), Danish ynde (“grace”), Icelandic yndi (“delight”).
(third-person singular simple present wins, present participle winning, simple past and past participle won)
- 1998, Rhapsody, Emerald Sword
- For the glory, the power to win the Black Lord, I will search for the Emerald Sword.
- To triumph or achieve victory in (a game, a war, etc).
- To gain (a prize) by succeeding in competition or contest.
- to win the jackpot in a lottery; to win a bottle of wine in a raffle
- To obtain (someone) by wooing.
- (intransitive) To achieve victory.
- Who would win in a fight between an octopus and a dolphin?
- To obtain (something desired).
- The company hopes to win an order from the government worth over 5 million dollars.
- To cause a victory for someone.
- The success of the economic policies should win Mr. Smith the next elections.
- The policy success should win the elections for Mr. Smith.
- Sir Walter Scott
- And when the stony path began, / By which the naked peak they won, / Up flew the snowy ptarmigan.
- (mining) To extract (ore, coal, etc.).
From Middle English winnen, from Old English winnan (“to labour, swink, toil, trouble oneself; resist, oppose, contradict; fight, strive, struggle, rage; endure”) (compare Old English ġewinnan (“conquer, obtain, gain; endure, bear, suffer; be ill”)), from Proto-Germanic *winnaną (“to swink, labour, win, gain, fight”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, wish, desire, love”). Cognate with Low German winnen, Dutch winnen, German gewinnen, Swedish vinna.
From Middle English winn, winne, from Old English winn (“toil, labor, trouble, hardship; profit, gain; conflict, strife, war”), from Proto-Germanic *winną (“labour, struggle, fight”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, desire, wish, love”). Cognate with German Gewinn (“profit, gain”).
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.