Meaning of WIN in English


/ wɪn; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb ( win·ning , won , won / wʌn; NAmE /)


to be the most successful in a competition, race, battle, etc. :

[ v ]

to win at cards / chess, etc.

Which team won?

France won by six goals to two against Denmark.

[ vn ]

to win an election / a game / a war, etc.

She loves to win an argument.


win sth (from sb) to get sth as the result of a competition, race, election, etc. :

[ vn ]

Britain won five gold medals.

He won £3 000 in the lottery.

How many states did the Republicans win?

The Conservatives won the seat from Labour in the last election.

[ vnn ]

You've won yourself a trip to New York.


[ vn ] to achieve or get sth 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


- you, he, etc. can't win

- you can't win them all | you win some, you lose some

- you win

- win (sth) hands down

- win sb's heart

- win or lose

—more at day , spur noun


- win sb around / over / round (to sth)

- win sth/sb back

- win out / through

■ noun

a victory in a game, contest, etc. :

two wins and three defeats

They have not had a win so far this season.

France swept to a 6–2 win over Denmark.



Old English winnan strive, contend also subdue and take possession of, acquire , of Germanic origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.