- 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 France won by six goals to two against Denmark. win something to win an election/a game/a war, etc. She loves to win an argument.
- 2 [transitive] to get something as the result of a competition, race, election, etc. win something Britain won five gold medals. He won £3 000 in the lottery. How many states did the Republicans win? win something from somebody The Conservatives won the seat from Labour in the last election. win yourself/somebody something You've won yourself a trip to New York.
- 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 Word Origin Old English winnan ‘strive, contend’ also ‘subdue and take possession of, acquire’, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Does he have what it takes to win the Tour? He duly won, but was then sidelined by a leg injury. He entered election day in a strong position to win. He has yet to win a major tournament. He succeeded in winning their confidence. I never win at tennis. President Reagan won by a landslide. She narrowly won the first race. She won the race by 25 seconds. The French team won hands down. The actress is tipped to win an Oscar for her performance. The far right party failed to win a single seat. The match was eventually won on penalties. The movie was an instant success and went on to win five Academy Awards. There are a lot of teams capable of winning the title. They stand a good chance of winning against their league rivals. We didn’t deserve to win—we played very badly. We’re confident of winning the title this year. Who do you think is going to win? You have to try and win every race. qualities which help win business and motivate staff the chance to win the holiday of a lifetime He always won at cards. He narrowly won the seat for Labour. He won a scholarship to study at Stanford. Historians still argue about who really won the war of 1812. I think I won the argument. The National Party won by a landslide.Idioms (formal) to be successful against somebody/something Despite strong opposition, the ruling party carried the day. (informal) to win something very easily to make somebody love you See related entries: Love whether you succeed or fail Win or lose, we'll know we've done our best. (formal) to achieve fame or success (informal) used to express sympathy for somebody who has been disappointed about something (informal) 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 have no mind of my own; if I don’t, she says I’m being difficult. (informal) used to agree to what somebody 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 back somebodywin outwin over somebody
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BrE BrE//wɪn//; NAmE NAmE//wɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they win
BrE BrE//wɪn//; NAmE NAmE//wɪn//he / she / it wins
BrE BrE//wɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//wɪnz//past simple won
BrE BrE//wʌn//; NAmE NAmE//wʌn//past participle won
BrE BrE//wʌn//; NAmE NAmE//wʌn//-ing form winning
BrE BrE//ˈwɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪnɪŋ//