- 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 win back to health.
Won a gold medal.
The ship won a safe port.
Won the heights after a fierce attack.
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.
Struggled to overcome the handicap and finally won.
Won the race.
They won the top of the hill by noon.
To win someone over to one's side.
For the glory, the power to win the Black Lord, I will search for the Emerald Sword.
To win the jackpot in a lottery; to win a bottle of wine in a raffle.
Who would win in a fight between an octopus and a dolphin?
The company hopes to win an order from the government worth over 5 million dollars.
The success of the economic policies should win Mr. Smith the next elections.
The policy success should win the elections for Mr. Smith.
And when the stony path began, / By which the naked peak they won, / Up flew the snowy ptarmigan.
- To be successful.
- to win all of the remaining games or contests on one's current schedule
Origin of win
- Middle English winnen from Old English winnan to fight, strive wen-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 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").