Meaning of WIN in English


I. ˈwin verb

( won ˈwən ; win·ning )

Etymology: Middle English winnen, from Old English winnan to struggle; akin to Old High German winnan to struggle and probably to Latin venus sexual desire, charm, Sanskrit vanas desire, vanoti he strives for

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to get possession of by effort or fortune

b. : to obtain by work : earn

striving to win a living from the sterile soil


a. : to gain in or as if in battle or contest

won the championship

b. : to be the victor in

won the war


a. : to make friendly or favorable to oneself or to one's cause — often used with over

won him over with persuasive arguments

b. : to induce to accept oneself in marriage

was unable to win the woman he loved


a. : to obtain (as ore, coal, or clay) by mining

b. : to prepare (as a vein or bed) for regular mining

c. : to recover (as metal) from ore

5. : to reach by expenditure of effort

intransitive verb

1. : to gain the victory in a contest : succeed

2. : to succeed in arriving at a place or a state

• win·less ˈwin-ləs adjective

• win·na·ble ˈwi-nə-bəl adjective

II. noun

Date: 1862

: victory ; especially : first place at the finish (as of a horse race)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.