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win (wĭn)
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v. won (wŭn), win·ning, wins
v.intr.
1. To achieve victory or finish first in a competition.
2. To achieve success in an effort or venture: struggled to overcome the handicap and finally won.
v.tr.
1. To achieve victory or finish first in: won the race.
2. To receive as a prize or reward for performance: won a gold medal.
3.
a. To achieve or obtain by effort: win concessions in negotiations.
b. To gain (respect or love, for example) by effort: won their loyalty. See Synonyms at earn.
4. To make (one's way) with effort.
5. To reach with difficulty: The ship won a safe port.
6. To take in battle; capture: won the heights after a fierce attack.
7.
a. To succeed in gaining the affection or loyalty of (someone): He wooed and won her.
b. To succeed in gaining the favor or support of; prevail on: Her eloquence won over the audience.
8.
a. To discover and open (a vein or deposit) in mining.
b. To extract from a mine or from mined ore.
n.
1.
a. A victory, especially in a competition.
b. First place in a competition.
2. An amount won or earned.
Phrasal Verbs:
win out
To succeed or prevail.
win through
To overcome difficulties and attain a desired goal or end.
Idiom:
win the day
To be successful.

[Middle English winnen, from Old English winnan, to fight, strive; see wen-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

winless adj.
winna·ble adj.

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