Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

win - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb win pronunciation in American English /wɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewinning
past tensewon
past participlewon
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to defeat everyone else by being the best or by finishing first in a competition

    Every time we play tennis, she wins.

    Who won the race?

    The 1970 elections were won by a coalition led by Allende.

    The Ravens won by a field goal in the last minute of the game.

    1. a.
      to achieve victory in a war, battle, or argument

      No matter who wins the war, there will be heavy casualties on both sides.

      Why is it that whenever we argue, you always win?

  2. 2
    [transitive] to get something as a prize for defeating other people or because you are lucky

    Our ski team won a gold medal at the Olympics.

    Raoul won first prize in a spelling contest.

    He won $4,000 in the lottery last week.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to succeed in getting something that you want because of hard work or ability

    We’ve won a $3 million contract to build the new bridge.

    The city has won the right to host the Games.

    win support/approval:

    The bill is winning a lot of support from farmers.

    win someone’s love/heart:

    He was never able to win her love.

    1. a.
      to be the most important reason why someone succeeds or achieves something

sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an electric skateboard

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play