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verb win pronunciation in British English /wɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlewinning
past tensewon
past participlewon
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  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.
    Celtic must win by three goals to reach the semifinals.
    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 skiing 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
      His athletic ability won him a scholarship to a good university.


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