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v. won, win•ning,
win- Its Germanic base gave it its first meaning, "to labor, strive, work."
win defeat beat
If you win a war, fight, game, or contest, you defeat your opponent. The past tense and -ed participle of win is won /wʌn/.
Don't say that someone 'wins' an enemy or opponent. In a war or battle, you say that one side defeats the other.
In a game or contest, you say that one person or side defeats or beats the other.
Past participle: won
|Noun||1.||win - a victory (as in a race or other competition); "he was happy to get the win"|
first-place finish - a finish in first place (as in a race)
|2.||win - something won (especially money) |
financial gain - the amount of monetary gain
|Verb||1.||win - be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious; "He won the Gold Medal in skating"; "Our home team won"; "Win the game"|
romp - win easily; "romp a race"
carry - be successful in; "She lost the game but carried the match"
take - obtain by winning; "Winner takes all"; "He took first prize"
sweep - win an overwhelming victory in or on; "Her new show dog swept all championships"
carry - win in an election; "The senator carried his home state"
take the cake - rank first; used often in a negative context; "He takes the cake for chutzpah!"
lose - fail to win; "We lost the battle but we won the war"
|2.||win - win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance"|
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
cozen - cheat or trick; "He cozened the money out of the old man"
lose - fail to get or obtain; "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
|3.||win - obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference"|
steal - steal a base
|4.||win - attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"|
hit - hit the intended target or goal
bring off, carry off, manage, negociate, pull off - be successful; achieve a goal; "She succeeded in persuading us all"; "I managed to carry the box upstairs"; "She pulled it off, even though we never thought her capable of it"; "The pianist negociated the difficult runs"
hit the jackpot, luck out - succeed by luck; "I lucked out and found the last parking spot in the lot"
make it, pass - go successfully through a test or a selection process; "She passed the new Jersey Bar Exam and can practice law now"
run - make without a miss
work, act - have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
pan out - be a success; "The idea panned out"
be victorious in lose, fail in, suffer defeat in
be victorious lose, fall, fail, suffer loss, suffer defeat
win[wɪn] (won (vb: pt, pp))
another win for Castroforte → otra victoria or otro triunfo para el Castroforte
their fifth win in a row → su quinta victoria consecutiva, su quinto triunfo consecutivo
last Sunday's win against or over Pakistan → la victoria del domingo frente a or sobre Pakistán
to back a horse for a win → apostar dinero por un caballo para que gane la/una carrera
I had a win on the lottery → gané la lotería
see also no-win
you can't win them all → no siempre se puede ganar
to win the day (Mil) → triunfar (fig) → triunfar, imponerse
pragmatism will probably win the day → al final triunfará or se impondrá el pragmatismo
the government finally won the day after a heated debate → finalmente el gobierno triunfó or se impuso tras un debate acalorado
see also spur A1
the party won a convincing victory at the polls → el partido consiguió or obtuvo una victoria convincente en las elecciones
to win a reputation for honesty → granjearse or ganarse una reputación de persona honrada
to win sb sth: it won him first prize → le valió or le ganó el primer premio
this manoeuvre won him the time he needed → esta maniobra le ganó el tiempo que necesitaba
to win sth from sb → ganar algo a algn
he won five pounds from her at cards → le ganó cinco libras jugando a cartas
new land won from the marshes → nuevas tierras ganadas a los pantanos
to win sb's hand (in marriage) → obtener la mano de algn (en matrimonio) (frm)
to win sb's heart → conquistar a algn
to win sb to one's cause → ganar a algn para la causa de uno, atraer a algn a la causa de uno
he won his way to the top of his profession → (a base de trabajar duro) consiguió llegar a la cima de su profesión
who's winning? → ¿quién va ganando?
go in and win! → ¡a ganar!
he has a good chance of winning → tiene muchas posibilidades de hacerse con la victoria or de ganar
OK, you win → vale, ganas tú
Evans won 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 → Evans ganó 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
she always wins at cards → siempre gana a las cartas
to win by a head/a length → ganar por una cabeza/un largo
to play to win → jugar a ganar
you can't win whatever you say, you're always wrong, you can't win → digas lo que digas, ellos siempre tienen razón, ¡no hay manera!
to win hands down → ganar de forma aplastante
I won the money back from him → recuperé el dinero que me ganó
tiredness won out → triunfó or se impuso el cansancio
she won out over six other candidates → se impuso a otros seis candidatos
eventually we won him over to our point of view → por fin lo convencimos de que teníamos razón
they are hoping to win over undecided voters → esperan ganarse a los votantes indecisos
stick to your principles and you will win through → mantente firme a tus principios y al final triunfarás
win[ˈwɪn] [won] (pt, pp)
Who won the race? → Qui a gagné la course?
That's the car I'd buy if I won the lottery! → Voilà la voiture que j'achèterais si je gagnais à la loterie!
The first correct entry wins the prize → La première bonne réponse gagne le prix.
We won two-nil → Nous avons gagné deux zéro.
Did you win? → Est-ce que tu as gagné?
Their side was winning
BUT Leur équipe menait.
you can't win (= you're sure to fail) → on ne peut pas gagner
They've had seven wins in a row → Ils ont sept victoires d'affilée à leur actif.
She won him over with her sweet smile → Elle l'a convaincu avec son doux sourire.
Not all my staff agree but I am winning them over → Tous mes employés ne sont pas d'accord mais je suis en train de les convaincre.
to win sb over to one's cause → gagner qn à sa cause
winvb: pret, ptp <won>
win[wɪn] (won (vb: pt, pp))
I won £20 from him → gli ho vinto 20 sterline
to win sb's favour/heart → conquistare il favore/cuore di qn
she won it at tennis → l'ha vinto a tennis
it won him first prize → gli ha valso il primo premio
to win the day (Mil) (fig) → avere il sopravvento
we won him over to our point of view → l'abbiamo convinto ad accettare il nostro punto di vista