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WIN (winning, won)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does win mean? 

WIN (noun)
  The noun WIN has 2 senses:

1. a victory (as in a race or other competition)
2. something won (especially money)

  Familiarity information: WIN used as a noun is rare.


WIN (verb)
  The verb WIN has 4 senses:

1. be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious
2. win something through one's efforts
3. obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
4. attain success or reach a desired goal

  Familiarity information: WIN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WIN (noun)


Sense 1win [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A victory (as in a race or other competition)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

he was happy to get the win

Hypernyms ("win" is a kind of...):

triumph; victory (a successful ending of a struggle or contest)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "win"):

first-place finish (a finish in first place (as in a race))


Sense 2win [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something won (especially money)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

winnings; profits; win

Hypernyms ("win" is a kind of...):

financial gain (the amount of monetary gain)


WIN (verb)


Sense 1win [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context examples:

He won the Gold Medal in skating / Our home team won / Win the game

"Win" entails doing...:

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "win"):

romp (win easily)

carry (be successful in)

take (obtain by winning)

sweep (win an overwhelming victory in or on)

carry (win in an election)

prevail; triumph (prove superior)

take the cake (rank first; used often in a negative context)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

They win

Antonym:

lose (fail to win)


Sense 2win [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Win something through one's efforts

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

win; gain; acquire

Context examples:

I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese / Gain an understanding of international finance

Hypernyms (to "win" is one way to...):

acquire; get (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "win"):

cozen (cheat or trick)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Sentence example:

They win the money

Antonym:

lose (fail to get or obtain)


Sense 3win [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

pull ahead; make headway; get ahead; gain ground; win; gain; advance

Context examples:

The home team was gaining ground / After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "win"):

hit; rack up; score; tally (gain points in a game)

steal (steal a base)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4win [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attain success or reach a desired goal

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

bring home the bacon; deliver the goods; succeed; come through; win

Context examples:

The enterprise succeeded / We succeeded in getting tickets to the show / she struggled to overcome her handicap and won

"Win" entails doing...:

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "win"):

accomplish; achieve; attain; reach (to gain with effort)

pan out (be a success)

act; work (have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected)

run (make without a miss)

make it; pass (go successfully through a test or a selection process)

nail; nail down; peg (succeed in obtaining a position)

hit the jackpot; luck out (succeed by luck)

clear; pass (go unchallenged; be approved)

bring off; carry off; manage; negociate; pull off (be successful; achieve a goal)

hit (hit the intended target or goal)

arrive; get in; go far; make it (succeed in a big way; get to the top)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


 Learn English with... Proverbs of the week 
"Faint heart ne'er won fair lady." (English proverb)

"All that glisters is not gold." (William Shakespeare)

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"The most beautiful laughter comes from the mouth of a mourner." (Corsican proverb)

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