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Definition of WAN

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Wan \Wan\, v. i.
     To grow wan; to become pale or sickly in looks. "All his visage wanned." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

           And ever he mutter'd and madden'd, and ever wann'd with despair.                                 --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

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Wan \Wan\, obs. imp. of {Win}.
     Won. --Chaucer.
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Wan \Wan\, a. [AS. wann, wonn, wan, won, dark, lurid, livid, perhaps originally, worn out by toil, from winnan to labor, strive. See {Win}.] Having a pale or sickly hue; languid of look; pale; pallid.
     "Sad to view, his visage pale and wan." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

           My color . . . [is] wan and of a leaden hue. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

           Why so pale and wan, fond lover?         --Suckling. [1913 Webster]

           With the wan moon overhead.              --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

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Wan \Wan\, n.
     The quality of being wan; wanness. [R.]
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           Tinged with wan from lack of sleep.      --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

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Win \Win\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Won}, Obs. {Wan}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Winning}.] [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. [root]138. Cf. {Venerate}, {Winsome}, {Wish}, {Wont}, a.] [1913 Webster]
     1. 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." --Chaucer. "Who thus shall Canaan win." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              Thy well-breathed horse
              Impels the flying car, and wins the course.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or obtain, as by solicitation or courtship. [1913 Webster]

              Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

              She is a woman; therefore to be won.  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. 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. [1913 Webster]

     4. To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

              Even in the porch he him did win.     --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              And when the stony path began,
              By which the naked peak they wan,
              Up flew the snowy ptarmigan.          --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Mining) To extract, as ore or coal. --Raymond. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To gain; get; procure; earn. See {Gain}.
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143 Moby Thesaurus words for "wan":
     achromatic, achromic, anemic, apathetic, ashen, ashy, benumbed, blanch, blanched, blase, bleach, bleach out, bleached, bled white, bloodless, blue, bored, cadaverous, change color, chloranemic, colorless, corpselike, dead, deadened, deadly, deadly pale, deathlike, deathly, deathly pale, debilitated, dim, dimmed, dingy, discolored, dopey, dormant, doughy, drab, drawn, droopy, drugged, dull, eerie, emasculate, enervated, etiolated, exanimate, exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, fade, fade out, faded, faint, fallow, flat, forceless, ghastly, ghostlike, ghostly, gray, grisly, grow pale, gruesome, haggard, heavy, hebetudinous, hollow-eyed, hueless, hypochromic, impotent, inanimate, ineffective, ineffectual, inert, invertebrate, jaded, lackadaisical, lackluster, languid, languorous, leaden, lethargic, lifeless, listless, livid, lose color, lumpish, lurid, lusterless, macabre, mat, mealy, moribund, mortuary, muddy, neutral, numb, pale, pale as death, pale-faced, pallid, pasty, phlegmatic, pooped, ravaged, sallow, sated, sickly, sleepy, slow, sluggish, somber, somnolent, spineless, stagnant, stagnating, stultified, supine, tallow-faced, tired-eyed, tired-faced, tired-looking, toneless, torpid, turn pale, turn white, uncanny, uncolored, unearthly, vegetable, vegetative, washed-out, waxen, weak, weary, weary-looking, weird, whey-faced, white, whiten, world-weary, worn

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