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Definition of WIN

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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}.
          [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Win \Win\, v. i.
     To gain the victory; to be successful; to triumph; to prevail. [1913 Webster]

           Nor is it aught but just
           That he, who in debate of truth hath won, should win in arms.                      --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     {To win of}, to be conqueror over. [Obs.] --Shak.

     {To win on} or {To win upon}.
     (a) To gain favor or influence with. "You have a softness and beneficence winning on the hearts of others." --Dryden. (b) To gain ground on. "The rabble . . . will in time win upon power." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


      [MIT; now common everywhere]

      1. vi. To succeed. A program wins if no unexpected conditions arise, or (especially) if it is sufficiently {robust} to take exceptions in stride.

      2. n. Success, or a specific instance thereof. A pleasing outcome. ?So it turned out I could use a {lexer} generator instead of hand-coding my own pattern recognizer. What a win!? Emphatic forms: moby win, super win, hyper-win (often used interjectively as a reply). For some reason suitable win is also common at MIT, usually in reference to a satisfactory solution to a problem. Oppose {lose}; see also {big win}, which isn't quite just an intensification of win.

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123 Moby Thesaurus words for "win":
     Cadmean victory, KO, Pyrrhic victory, accomplish, achieve, acquire, annex, argue into, ascendancy, attain, bag, be seized of, bear the palm, beat, beat all hollow, best, bring in, bring over, bring round, bring to reason, captivate, capture, carry, carry away, carry it, carry off, carry the day, catch, chalk up, championship, charm, clobber, come by, come in for, come into, come out first, con, conquer, conquest, contract, convince, corral, defeat, derive, drag down, draw, draw over, earn, easy victory, enter into possession, finish in front, fluke, gain, gain over, gain the day, get, grand slam, harvest, have, hook, hook in, knock down, knockout, landslide, landslide victory, lick, make, make a killing, mastery, moral victory, net, obtain, outtalk, overcome, persuade, pick up, picnic, prevail, prevail on, prevail upon, prevail with, procure, produce, pull down, pushover, reach, realize, reap, runaway victory, sack, score, secure, sell, sell one on, skin, subdual, subduing, success, sway, take, take the cake, talk into, talk over, total victory, triumph, trounce, victory, walkaway, walkover, wangle, wangle into, wear down, win out, win over, win the battle, win the laurels, win the palm, win the prize, win through, winning, winning streak, worst, yield

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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