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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
(Mining) To extract, as ore or coal. --Raymond. [1913 Webster] Syn: To gain; get; procure; earn. See Gain. [1913 Webster]
Won \Won\, v. i. [See 1st Wone.] To dwell or abide. [Obs. or Scot.] " Where he wans in forest wild." --Milton. [1913 Webster] This land where I have woned thus long. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
Won \Won\, imp. & p. p. of Win. [1913 Webster]
Won \Won\, n. Dwelling; wone. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

won See win [also: wonning, wonned]


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] [ant: losings]


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]
won adj : not subject to defeat; "with that move it's a won game" [ant: lost]


1 the basic unit of money in South Korea [syn: South Korean won]
2 the basic unit of money in North Korea [syn: North Korean won] [also: wonning, wonned]


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Etymology 1

  • Past participle of win, from Old English winnan.



  1. past of win

Etymology 2

wunian. Cognate with Dutch wonen, German wohnen.

Alternative forms




  1. In the context of "archaic|or|obsolete|regional": To live, to remain.
  2. In the context of "archaic|or|obsolete|regional": To be accustomed to do something.

Etymology 3

Korean ().



won (plural: won)
  1. The currency of Korea, making 100 jun in North Korea and 100 jeon in South Korea.


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