win

Definitions

  • Ameer Ali wins the anklet
    Ameer Ali wins the anklet
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v 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"
    • v 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"
    • v win win something through one's efforts "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese","Gain an understanding of international finance"
    • v 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"
    • n win a victory (as in a race or other competition) "he was happy to get the win"
    • n win something won (especially money)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ameer Ali follows the maiden's instructions to win more jewels Ameer Ali follows the maiden's instructions to win more jewels

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Arnold Palmer was the first player to win $1 million on the PGA Tour
    • Win To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or obtain, as by solicitation or courtship. "Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me.""She is a woman; therefore to be won ."
    • Win To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake. "Even in the porch he him did win .""And when the stony path began,
      By which the naked peak they wan ,
      Up flew the snowy ptarmigan."
    • Win (Mining) To extract, as ore or coal.
    • Win To gain by superiority in competition or contest; to obtain by victory over competitors or rivals; as, to win the prize in a gate; to win money; to win a battle, or to win a country. "This city for to win .""Who thus shall Canaan win .""Thy well-breathed horse
      Impels the flying car, and wins the course."
    • Win To gain over to one's side or party; to obtain the favor, friendship, or support of; to render friendly or approving; as, to win an enemy; to win a jury.
    • v. i Win To gain the victory; to be successful; to triumph; to prevail. "Nor is it aught but just
      That he, who in debate of truth hath won ,
      should win in arms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The oldest actor to win a Best Actor Oscar is Henry Fonda. He was 76 when he won it
    • win To win; succeed.
    • n win A victory; a success; an act of winning.
    • win To acquire by labor, effort, or struggle; secure; gain.
    • win Specifically.
    • win To gain by competition or conquest; take, as from an opponent or enemy; obtain as victor.
    • win To earn: as, to win one's bread.
    • win To obtain; derive; get: as, to win ore from a mine.
    • win To be successful or victorious in: as, to win a game or a battle.
    • win To accomplish by effort; achieve, effect, or execute; succeed in making or doing.
    • win To reach; attain to; arrive at, as a goal or destination; gain; get to.
    • win To cause to attain to or arrive at; hence, to bring; convey.
    • win To gain the affection, regard, esteem, compliance, favor, etc., of; move to sympathy, agreement, or consent; gain the good will of; gain over or attract, as to one's self, one's side, or one's cause; in general, to attract.
    • win To prevail on; induce.
    • win In mining, to sink down to (a bed of coal) by means of a shaft; prepare (a bed of coal) for working by doing the necessary preliminary dead-work: also applied to beds of ironstone and other ores.
    • win In the United States the word win, as used in mining, has frequently a more general meaning; it is thus defined in the glossary of the Pennsylvania Survey: “To mine, to develop, to prepare for mining.” See winning.
    • win To strive; vie; contend.
    • win To struggle; labor; work.
    • win To succeed; gain one's end; especially, to be superior in a contest or competition; gain the victory; prove successful: as, let those laugh who win.
    • win To reach; attain; make one's way; succeed in making one's way: with to.
    • win To get; succeed in getting: as, to win in (to get in); to win through; to win loose; to win up, down, or away; to win on (to get on, either literally or figuratively).
    • win To gain ground on; gain upon.
    • n win Strife; contention.
    • win To dry or season by exposure to the wind or air: as, to win hay; to win peats.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 27% of female lottery winners hid their winning ticket in their bras
    • v.t Win win to get by labour: to gain in contest: to allure to kindness, to gain: to achieve, effect: to attain: to induce: in mining, to sink down to a bed of coal: to obtain the favour of
    • v.i Win to gain the victory: to gain favour:
    • n Win a victory, success
    • adj Win influencing: attractive
    • v.t Win win (Scot.) to dry by exposure to the wind.
    • v.i Win (prov.) to make one's way, to succeed in getting:—pr.p. win′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. won (wun)
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Quotations

  • Marjorie Holmes
    Marjorie Holmes
    “You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you argue with a woman and win, you lose.”
  • Knute Rockne
    Knute Rockne
    “Let's win one for the Gipper.”
  • Jimmy Connors
    Jimmy Connors
    “I hate to lose more than I love to win.”
  • Motto of the British Special Air Service
    Motto of the British Special Air Service
    “Who dares wins.”
  • Bill Veeck
    Bill Veeck
    “I do not think that winning is the most important thing. I think winning is the only thing.”

Idioms

Quitters never win; winners never quit - If you quit you will never get what you want, but if you keep trying you will find a way to get what you want. ('Quitters never win, winners never quit, but those who never win and never quit are idiots' is a variation accredited to Larry Kersten)
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Slow and steady wins the race - This expression means that consistency, although progress may be slow, will eventually be more beneficial than being hasty or careless just to get something done.
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Win by a nose - If somebody wins by a nose, they only just beat the others.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. winnen, AS. winnan, to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen, to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan, to strive, struggle, Icel. vinna, to labor, suffer, win, Dan. vinde, to win, Sw. vinna, Goth. winnan, to suffer, Skr. van, to wish, get, gain, conquer. √138. Cf. Venerate Winsome Wish Wont (a.)

Usage

In literature:

If you've watched the ace fall, you win.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
One credit can win you ten.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
How could I win her love?
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
Sounding away the increase of his winning.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
A player infringing any of the rules, or playing in an irregular manner, is looed, and the amount of his winnings, if any, is left in the pool.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel
We shall win, for we are not letting things be the way our fathers did.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
You are the person who does not wish him to win.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
I'll bet he and Jack win the race, too.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
He had to win her cooperation.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
I certainly wish to win the Scholarship; I am struggling with all my might and main to win it.
"A Bunch of Cherries" by L. T. Meade
From the chips in front of him he had been winning heavily.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
A dozen bets went down on the fourth jack to win.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
And I will win the right.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Amneris still loved him, and hoped yet to save him, and thus to win his love.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
If we can't win now with that advantage it will be doubly hard to win then.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
He's good enough to win without any framing.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
I shake off sleep and forthwithal climb up aloft and win To topmost roof: with ears pricked up I stand to hearken all.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Win, win, a little bit chickeny, wet, wet, a long last hollow chucking jam, gather, a last butter in a cheese, a lasting surrounding action.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
No, the only way was to brave it out and in time win back the fellows' respect.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
If he doesn't win the Derby I don't know what will become of us.
"Hard Pressed" by Fred M. White
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In poetry:

"Bravely borne, men's heaviest burden
Ever lighter lies;
Wrestling with me, win the guerdon;
Gain thy wish, arise!"
"Mon-Daw-Min" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Thou dost not know it! but to win
Approval from thine eyes,
My soul has conquered many a sin,
And conquering neared the skies.
"Thou Dost Not Know" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
That never more shall have a day,
Brings this man to that rest
Which none can win but only they
Whom God hath called and blest
"Of Death" by John Bunyan
The very birks they ken her name,
They sigh it in their sorrow;
It's in the win' frae Yarrow braes;
It's in the rush o' Yarrow.
"A Dream Of Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
"Thy faith and troth thou'se never get,
Of me shalt never win,
Till that thou come within my bower,
And kiss my cheek and chin."
"Sweet William's Ghost" by Henry Morley
Ah! dearest mother, since too oft
The world yet wins some Demas frail
E'en from thine arms, so kind and soft,
May thy tried comforts never fail!
"St. Luke" by John Keble

In news:

We love to celebrate wins, our favorite high school team putting one in the "win" column.
In other words, if the GOP can win these seats, Democrats will actually have to win 30 seats to retake the majority.
Only three Roadrunners picked up wins against St Johns, which was coming off a team win at the Doc Wright Invitational the previous weekend.
Each win gets them closer, and they are only a few wins away now.
Hillsman ranks 3rd in career wins at SU is is the fastest coach to post 100 wins.
Delanie Walker's touchdown catch in the third quarter proved to be the winning score as San Francisco took a 13-6 win over Seattle in a tough battle at Candlestick Park.
Juan Pablo Ángel uncorks the game-winning PK during Chivas USA's 2-1 win over the Carolina RailHawks in Cary, NC.
File photoPlacer County Supervisor Jack Duran calls a tentative tax-sharing plan between City of Roseville and Placer County a win-win.
WIN with SoJO Do You Know this week and win a pair of tickets to see Jason Mraz at Susquehenna Bank Center.
Kaneland girls soccer got the season off to a winning start with a rain-swept 4-0 win at Illinois Math & Science Academy in Aurora on Tuesday.
If LSU wins, the Republican wins the White House.
And if Alabama wins, the Democrat wins.
I didn't win locally, and nationally I really didn't win.
"A win is a win, you always like to see the guys work hard," said Celina coach Bruce Strine.
Powerball One Iowa ticket matched the Powerball winning numbers on Sept 26, winning $200 million.
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In science:

Player II wins if the sequence hrβ : β ∈ αi belongs to the set A.
Duality Chipped
Player II wins if the sequence hhβ : β ∈ αi belongs to the set A.
Duality Chipped
By stopping after the m(k)-th operation, it can be shown that the player will then win with probability > 1/2.
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms
F E ′ Λw (µ) where Λw is the set of integer vectors a ∈ Zd with 0 ≤ ai < wiN for 1 ≤ i ≤ d.
Random Surfaces
When β > 0, the poorer agent has a higher probability of winning, the difference from the original probability (= 1/2) depending on the value of β .
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
As β → ∞, it becomes certain that in any encounter the poorer agent will win.
Stochastic Maps, Wealth Distribution in Random Asset Exchange Models and the Marginal Utility of Relative Wealth
Although it is easy to show that player I has a winning strategy, it is far from obvious what that strategy is.
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
Such a positional game is called a Breaker’s win.
Positional games on random graphs
Breaker wins the random game (Xp , Fp , 1, bp ) a.s.
Positional games on random graphs
In Section 2 we prove a general criterion for Breaker’s win in a different, auxiliary random game.
Positional games on random graphs
Breaker has a winning strategy in the ( bX , F , a, b) game.
Positional games on random graphs
Breaker has a winning strategy in the (X, {∪B∈F B : F ∈ (cid:0)Fc (cid:1)}, a, b) game.
Positional games on random graphs
Using the Erd˝os–Selfridge theorem we obtain that Breaker wins the ( bXp , F ∩p , (1− δ)pb, 1) game, provided |A′ | ≥ (1 − δ)p|A| for all A′ ∈ F ∩p .
Positional games on random graphs
One of our main tools is the following winning criterion of Chv´atal and Erd˝os on games with disjoint winning sets.
Positional games on random graphs
Then Corollary 7 guarantees BoxMaker’s win, thus Breaker’s win a.s., and the proof of Theorem 8 is complete.
Positional games on random graphs
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