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Definition of win verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    win

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//wɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they win
     
    he / she / it wins
     
    past simple won
     
    -ing form winning
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to be the most successful in a competition, race, battle, etc. Which team won? win at something to win at cards/chess, etc. win against somebody/something The Penguins won by six goals to two against the Devils. win something to win an election/a game/a war, etc. She loves to win an argument.
  2. 2 [transitive] to get something as the result of a competition, race, election, etc. win something The ski team won five gold medals. He won $3,000 in the lottery. How many trophies did you win? win something from somebody The Democrats won control of Congress from the Republicans in the last election. win yourself/somebody something You've won yourself a trip to New York.
  3. 3[transitive] win something to achieve or get something that you want, especially by your own efforts They are trying to win support for their proposals. The company has won a contract to supply books and materials to schools. She won the admiration of many people in her battle against cancer. see also no-win, winner, winning, win-win
  4. Idioms
    carry/win the day (formal)
     
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    to be successful against someone or something Despite strong opposition, the ruling party carried the day.
    win (something) hands down (informal)
     
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    to win something very easily
    win somebody's heart
     
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    to make someone love you
    win or lose
     
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    whether you succeed or fail Win or lose, we'll know we've done our best.
    win/earn your spurs (formal)
     
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    to achieve fame or success
    you can't win them all, you win some, you lose some (informal)
     
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    used to express sympathy for someone who has been disappointed about something
    you, he, etc. can't win (informal)
     
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    used to say that there is no acceptable way of dealing with a particular situation I can't win. If I agree with her, she says I don't have a mind of my own; if I don't, she says I'm being difficult.
    you win (informal)
     
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    used to agree to what someone wants after you have failed to persuade them to do or let you do something else OK, you win, I'll admit I was wrong.
    Phrasal Verbswin something/somebodybackwin outwin somebodyover (to something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: win