win


win
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.
Derivatives:
winnable adj.
Etymology: OE winnan toil, endure: cf. OHG winnan, ON vinna

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