win
Pronunciation Verb

win (wins, present participle winning; past won, past participle won)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To conquer, defeat.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IV:
      For and we doo bataille we two wyl fyghte with one knyȝt at ones / and therfore yf ye wille fyghte soo we wille be redy at what houre ye wille assigne / And yf ye wynne vs in bataille the lady shal haue her landes ageyne / ye say wel sayd sir Vwayne / therfor make yow redy so that ye be here to morne in the defence of the ladyes ryght
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To reach some destination or object, despite difficulty or toil (now usually intransitive, with preposition or locative adverb).
    • , traditional folk song
      I well may gang out, love, but I'll never win home.
    • Even in the porch he him did win.
    • 1808 February 21, Walter Scott, “(please specify the introduction or canto number, or chapter name)”, in Marmion; a Tale of Flodden Field, Edinburgh: Printed by J[ames] Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Company, […]; London: William Miller, and John Murray, OCLC 270129616 ↗:
      And when the stony path began, / By which the naked peak they won, / Up flew the snowy ptarmigan.
  3. (transitive) To triumph or achieve victory in (a game, a war, etc.).
  4. (transitive) 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
  5. (transitive) To obtain (someone) by wooing; to make an ally or friend of (frequently with over).
    • 1589, Sir Philip Sidney, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
      Thy virtue won me; with virtue preserve me.
    • 1591', William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, Act V, Scene 3
      She is a woman; therefore to be won.
  6. (intransitive) To achieve victory.
    Who would win in a fight between an octopus and a dolphin?
  7. (intransitive) To have power, coercion or control.
    Ever since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Bostonians now run as "One Boston." The terrorists did not win.
  8. (transitive) To obtain (something desired).
    The company hopes to win an order from the government worth over 5 million dollars.
  9. (transitive) 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.
  10. (transitive, mining) To extract (ore, coal, etc.).
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