Meaning of WIN in English


v. & n.

--v. (winning; past and past part. won)

1. tr. acquire or secure as a result of a fight, contest, bet, litigation, or some other effort (won some money; won my admiration).

2 tr. be victorious in (a fight, game, race, etc.).

3 intr. a be the victor; win a race or contest etc. (who won?; persevere, and you will win). b (foll. by through, free, etc.) make one's way or become by successful effort.

4 tr. reach by effort (win the summit; win the shore).

5 tr. obtain (ore) from a mine.

6 tr. dry (hay etc.) by exposure to the air.

--n. victory in a game or bet etc.

Phrases and idioms:

win the day be victorious in battle, argument, etc. win over persuade, gain the support of. win one's spurs 1 colloq. gain distinction or fame.

2 hist. gain a knighthood. win through (or out) overcome obstacles. you can't win colloq. there is no way to succeed. you can't win them all colloq. a resigned expression of consolation on failure.


winnable adj.

Etymology: OE winnan toil, endure: cf. OHG winnan, ON vinna

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.