Definition of win
What does the word win mean?
part of speech: verb transitive, intransitive
(won pr. wun), & n. Secure as result of fighting or competition or (often of person) betting& gaming or of effort (w. victory, fortress, prize, honour, fame, fortune, one\'s BLUE, wife; w. one\'s spurs, be knighted, fig. get recognition as expert at something; won £5 of him at cards &c., whence winning (2) s n. pl.; w. one\'s way, progress by struggle &c.; w. one\'s bread, earn livelihood, chiefly now in BREAD-winner; w. ore &c., get it from mine); be victorious in (w. battle, game, bet, race; w. the field, be victorious in battle or fig.; w. the TOSS), (abs.) w. race, contest, money, &c. (w. by a HEAD, in a CAnter, HANDS down, by two &c. lengths, easily, &c.; winning-post, marking end of race; the winning horse, side, &c.; w. at cards; let those laugh who w.), (part.) determining victory (the winning hit, stroke, card, &c.); make one\'s way to (w. the shore, summit, &c.); make one\'s way, come or (with compl.) become by successful effort, (w. home; w. through the day, through all difficulties; w. free, clear, &c.); persuade, induce to do, gain over, (you have won me; won him to consent; soon won his audience over); exercise increasing attraction upon (a theory that wins upon one by degrees), (part. as adj.) charming, attractive, (a winning smile, winning manners, personality, &c.), whence winningly adv.: winning HAZARD; hence (-) winner n. (N.) a success or victory in a game (has had three ww. & no defeats). [old English]