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verb win pronunciation in American 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.

    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


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