From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwinwin1 /wɪn/ ●●●S1W1 verb (past tense and past participle won /wʌn/, present participle winning)1competition/race [intransitive, transitive]WIN to be the best or most successful in a competition, game, election etcOPP losewin a race/a game/an election etcWho do you think will win the next election?He won the Tour de France last year.win a war/battlethe young pilots who won the Battle of BritainWho’s winning (=who is most successful at this point in the game)?win atI never win at cards.win by 10 points/70 metres etcWe won by just one point.2prize [transitive]GETWIN to get something as a prize for winning in a competition or gameHow does it feel to have won the gold medal?She won £160 on the lottery.win something for somebodythe man who helped win the Cup for Arsenal3get/achieve [transitive]GET to get something that you want because of your efforts or abilitiesSYN gainwin somebody’s approval/support/trust etcThe proposal has won the approval of the city council.Kramer has certainly won the respect of his peers.win somebody’s heart (=make them love you or feel sympathy for you)The company has won a contract to build a new power plant outside Houston.win something from somebodyDavis hopes to win financial backing from a London investment firm.4make somebody win something [transitive] if something, usually something that you do, wins you something, you win it or get it because of that thingwin somebody somethingThat performance won Hanks an Oscar.That kind of behaviour won’t win you any friends.5 →you win6 →you can’t win7 →you can’t win them all8 →win or lose9 →win the day → win the tossat toss2(1), winner, winningCOLLOCATIONSnounswin a raceHe should have won that race but he came third.win a game/matchIt’s supposed to be easier to win your home games.win a competitionThe competition was won by a team from Surrey.win an electionWhich party is likely to win the election?win a battle/warWho won the battle of Waterloo?win a victoryThe protesters have won one victory already.adverbseasilyChavez won the election easily.comfortably (=by a large amount, so that you do not have to worry about winning)The Celtics won comfortably, with a 22-point lead.convincingly (=by a large amount)United won convincingly by three goals to nil.outright (=clearly and completely)If one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, he will win the seat outright.narrowly (=by only a small amount)In 1916 he narrowly won re-election.hands down (=very easily or by a large amount)Everyone expected Sam to win hands down.phraseswin by 10 points/ten metres etcWe won by 23 points.a winning streak (=when you win many competitions one after another)They came here with a four-game winning streak.THESAURUSwin to be the best or most successful in a competition, game, election etcItaly won the World Cup in 2006.He has a realistic chance of winning the Championship.come first/be first to win a race or competitionOur team came first.Jo was first in the race and I was second.finish in first place (also come in first) to win a race, competition, or electionThe Democratic candidate finished in first place.I couldn’t believe it when the horse I chose came in first.triumph written to win a great victory, especially after a long and difficultbattle, game etcBritain triumphed over its enemies.In the end, the Yankees triumphed. come out on top informal to win a game, competition, argument etcUnited came out on top after a thrilling game.They did a survey and the Swedish car-maker came out on top.If you try to argue with him, he always comes out on top.be leading/be in the lead to be winning a game, race, election etc at the momentThe High School team are leading with sixty points.With only two minutes left to play, we were still in the lead.be ahead to be doing better than someone else in a game, competition, or electionHe’s still fifty seconds ahead of his nearest rival.A week before the election, they were still ahead in the polls.someone who wins somethingwinner the person or thing that wins a race, competition etcA prize of £500 will be awarded to the winner.the winning team/player/horse etc the one that winsThe winning team will go through to the grand final in Milan.champion (also the title holder American English) someone who has won a competition, especially in sportHe became the heavyweight boxing champion.record-holder someone who has achieved the fastestspeed, the longest distance etc in a sportthe world high-jump record-holder →win somebody/something ↔ back →win out →win somebody ↔ over →win through→ See Verb table
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win• What would you do if you won $1 million?• Do you remember our first game of the season? We won 3-1.• No-one really expected the SocialistParty to win.• The court case has been dragging on for months, and it's increasingly unlikely that she'll win.• Who do you think is going to win?• Our guys were losing to win.• How much money did she win?• Eventually Jim wins a competition and the conductor is reinstated.• Milburn won a goldmedal in the 1972 Olympics.• I could never win an argument with my father.• She always wins at Scrabble.• He went ahead of Nolan, winning by 15 seconds.• The competition was won by a Nigerian student.• This was the first of many victories won by women's rights campaigners.• They play really smartball and they often winchampionships, despite having a lineup which is somewhat less than imposing.• We expect to win every game.• Gorelli, he'd won for a while, but now he was losing, and he was losing big.• It will take time to win her trust.• who won the first CivilWar?• Chang won the first set but lost the next two.• His book won the Pulitzer Prize for literature.• Gandhi won the support of many liberals in England.win a war/battle• McCaffrey, 53, knows a lot about winning battles.• Hadn't she just won a war, after all?• The trouble is that tiptoeing is desperately uncomfortable when you are trying to win a war at the same time.• And, more important, the military certainly has not lost its ability to fight and win wars because adultery is prohibited.• Isabella gallops around, winning battles, expelling Moors from strongholds, her appetitesexpanding by the week.• Hickswon a battle for a loosepuck from two Sharks.• Like Los Alamos, it was cradled by mountains and hastily built in order to win a war from an oddangle.• Whyexert himself to win a battle the bowmen had already won?won ... medal• Redgrave has already won two gold medals and will become Britain's most successful currentOlympicsportsman if he wins his third.• He won four gold medals at the Los Angeles Games, yet universalacclaim was reluctant.• He won a bronze medal for Britain in the 1952 Olympics.• She had trained under Kate Rorke at the Guildhall, where she won the silver medal for elocution.• That is not to diminish any of the efforts of hard-working, courageousathletes who have won silver medals here.• Dana won the gold medal in the javelin.• I could have won the Congressional Medal of Honor.win somebody’s heart• In the end, he won the princess's heart.win somebody something• Those tactics won't win them any votes.
winwin2 ●●●W3 noun [countable]DSWINa success or victory, especially in sportOPP defeatWe’ve had two wins so far this season.win overIn the under-16 event England had their first win over Germany.► see thesaurus at victory →no-win, win-winCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: ADJECTIVES/NOUN + win a big win (=an important win, or one that you win by a large amount)This is one of the biggest wins I’ve had.an easy winThe Australian appeared to be heading for an easy win.a comfortable win (=one that you win by a large amount, so that you do not have to worry about winning)Chelsea had a comfortable win against Crystal Palace.a convincing win especially British English (=a win by a large amount)Scotland cruised to a convincing win over Ireland.a five-point/two-goal etc winThe team had a nine-point win over Arizona.verbshave/score a winWe haven’t had a win for three games.notch up a win (=achieve a win)Escude has now notched up three consecutive wins over him.pull off a win (=win when it is difficult to win)The side has pulled off two excellent wins in the past couple of weeks.clinch a win (=finally win after a difficult contest)He suffered some anxious moments before clinching a 9–6 win over Dennis Taylor last night.cruise to a win (=win easily)Arsenal cruised to a win over Chelsea.