- 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, win′ning
- 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, 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: won their loyalty. 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 *wunjÅ (“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 Ä¡ewinnan (“conquer, obtain, gain; endure, bear, suffer; be ill")), from Proto-Germanic *winnanÄ… (“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 *winnÄ… (“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 versions; for example, Win7, Win8 and Win10. In the 1990s, the executable program name for Windows 3.0 and 3.1 was WIN.EXE, which was typed in after DOS booted. Microsoft surely must have enjoyed having millions of people type "win" every time they launched Windows. See Windows 3.0.
(2) All the Windows "how to's" in this encyclopedia contain a "Win" prefix.
(3) (WIN) (Wireless Intelligent Network) A control system for cellular phone networks. Also known as IS-41 and ANSI-41, WIN and EDGE were key elements in the UWC-136 initiative. See UWC Consortium.