AskDefine | Define win

The Collaborative Dictionary

Win \Win\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Won, Obs. Wan; p. pr. & vb. n. Winning.] [OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel. vinna to labor, suffer, win, Dan. vinde to win, Sw. vinna, Goth. winnan to suffer, Skr. van to wish, get, gain, conquer. [root]138. Cf. Venerate, Winsome, Wish, Wont, a.] [1913 Webster]
To gain by superiority in competition or contest; to obtain by victory over competitors or rivals; as, to win the prize in a gate; to win money; to win a battle, or to win a country. "This city for to win." --Chaucer. "Who thus shall Canaan win." --Milton. [1913 Webster] Thy well-breathed horse Impels the flying car, and wins the course. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or obtain, as by solicitation or courtship. [1913 Webster] Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] She is a woman; therefore to be won. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To gain over to one's side or party; to obtain the favor, friendship, or support of; to render friendly or approving; as, to win an enemy; to win a jury. [1913 Webster]
To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Even in the porch he him did win. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] And when the stony path began, By which the naked peak they wan, Up flew the snowy ptarmigan. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
(Mining) To extract, as ore or coal. --Raymond. [1913 Webster] Syn: To gain; get; procure; earn. See Gain. [1913 Webster]
Win \Win\, v. i. To gain the victory; to be successful; to triumph; to prevail. [1913 Webster] Nor is it aught but just That he, who in debate of truth hath won, should win in arms. --Milton. [1913 Webster] To win of, to be conqueror over. [Obs.] --Shak. To win on or To win upon. (a) To gain favor or influence with. "You have a softness and beneficence winning on the hearts of others." --Dryden. (b) To gain ground on. "The rabble . . . will in time win upon power." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

win

Noun

1 a victory (as in a race or other competition); "he was happy to get the win"
2 something won (especially money) [syn: winnings, profits] [ant: losings]

Verb

1 be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious; "He won the Gold Medal in skating"; "Our home team won"; "Win the game" [ant: lose]
2 win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance" [syn: acquire, gain] [ant: lose]
3 obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference" [syn: gain, advance, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground] [ant: fall back]
4 attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won" [syn: succeed, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods] [ant: fail] [also: won, winning]

Moby Thesaurus

Cadmean victory, KO, Pyrrhic victory, accomplish, achieve, acquire, annex, argue into, ascendancy, attain, bag, be seized of, bear the palm, beat, beat all hollow, best, bring in, bring over, bring round, bring to reason, captivate, capture, carry, carry away, carry it, carry off, carry the day, catch, chalk up, championship, charm, clobber, come by, come in for, come into, come out first, con, conquer, conquest, contract, convince, corral, defeat, derive, drag down, draw, draw over, earn, easy victory, enter into possession, finish in front, fluke, gain, gain over, gain the day, get, grand slam, harvest, have, hook, hook in, knock down, knockout, landslide, landslide victory, lick, make, make a killing, mastery, moral victory, net, obtain, outtalk, overcome, persuade, pick up, picnic, prevail, prevail on, prevail upon, prevail with, procure, produce, pull down, pushover, reach, realize, reap, runaway victory, sack, score, secure, sell, sell one on, skin, subdual, subduing, success, sway, take, take the cake, talk into, talk over, total victory, triumph, trounce, victory, walkaway, walkover, wangle, wangle into, wear down, win out, win over, win the battle, win the laurels, win the palm, win the prize, win through, winning, winning streak, worst, yield

Acronyms

WIN WIssenschaftsNetz (network, DFN)

English

Etymology

winnan. Cognate with Dutch winnen, Swedish vinna.

Pronunciation

  • /wɪn/
  • /wIn/
  • Rhymes: -ɪn

Verb

  1. To achieve victory in (a game, a war, etc).
  2. To obtain (someone) by wooing.
  3. To achieve victory.
    Who would win in a fight between an octopus and a dolphin?

Derived terms

Translations

achieve victory in
obtain (someone) by wooing
  • French: conquérir
  • Norwegian: vinne
intransitive: achieve by winning
The translations below need to be checked by native speakers and inserted into the appropriate table(s) above, removing any numbers. Any numbering associating translations with definitions is unreliable.

Translations

individual victory

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • lang=nl|/wɪn/
  • lang=nl|/wIn/

Verb

win

Old English

Etymology

From Germanic, from vinum. Cognate with Old Saxon win#Old Saxon (Dutch wijn), Old High German lang=goh (German Wein), Old Norse vín (Swedish vin), Gothic sc=Goth.

Pronunciation

  • lang=ang|/wiːn/

Noun

Torres Strait Creole

Etymology

From English wind.

Noun

win

Derived terms

Win may refer to:
WIN may refer to:
WiN may also refer to:
win in Italian: WIN
win in Japanese: WIN
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