Win v. t. [imp. & p. p. Won Obs. Wan p. pr. & vb. n. Winning.]
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.”
Thy well-breathed horse
Impels the flying car, and wins the course. --Dryden.
2. To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or obtain, as by solicitation or courtship.
Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me. --Sir P. Sidney.
She is a woman; therefore to be won. --Shak.
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.
4. To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake. [Archaic]
Even in the porch he him did win. --Spenser.
And when the stony path began,
By which the naked peak they wan,
Up flew the snowy ptarmigan. --Sir W. Scott.
5. Mining To extract, as ore or coal.
Syn: -- To gain; get; procure; earn. See Gain.
Win·ning a. Attracting; adapted to gain favor; charming; as, a winning address. “Each mild and winning note.”
1. The act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition.
2. The money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, esp, in gambling; -- usually in the plural.
Ye seek land and sea for your winnings. --Chaucer.
3. Mining (a) A new opening. (b) The portion of a coal field out for working.
Winning headway Mining, an excavation for exploration, in post-and-stall working.
Winning post, the post, or goal, at the end of a race.
n 1: a victory (as in a race or other competition); "he was happy
to get the win"
2: something won (especially money) [syn: winnings, profits]
v 1: be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious;
"He won the Gold Medal in skating"; "Our home team won";
"Win the game" [ant: lose]
2: win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing
knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of
international finance" [syn: acquire, gain] [ant: lose]
3: obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "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" [syn:
gain, advance, pull ahead, make headway, get
ahead, gain ground] [ant: fall back]
4: attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise
succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show";
"she struggled to overcome her handicap and won" [syn: succeed,
come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the
goods] [ant: fail]
[also: won, winning]
adj 1: bringing success; "the winning run"
2: having won; "the victorious entry"; "the winning team" [syn:
3: very attractive; capturing interest; "a fetching new
hairstyle"; "something inexpressibly taking in his
manner"; "a winning personality" [syn: fetching, taking]
n : succeeding with great difficulty; "winning is not