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winverb

uk   us   /wɪn/ (present participle winning, past tense and past participle won)
A2 [I or T] to ​achieve first ​position and/or get a ​prize in a ​competition, ​election, ​fight, etc.: Which ​year was it that Italy won the World Cup? He won first ​prize/a ​bottle of ​wine in the ​raffle. Who's winning? This is the third ​medal she's won this ​season. Who won the men's ​finals at the Open? They won the ​war, ​although it ​cost them millions of ​lives. If this ​government win the next ​election, I'm ​leaving the ​country. Everyone ​likes winning an ​argument. [+ two objects] It was his ​goal that won us the ​match/won the ​match for us. Her ​firm has just won (= ​beaten other ​companies to get) a ​cleaningcontractworth £3 million.C2 [T] to ​receive something ​positive, such as ​approval, ​loyalty, or ​love because you have ​earned it: Her ​plans have won the ​support of many ​localpeople. This is Jamie, the four-year ​old who won the ​hearts of the ​nation (= made everyone ​love him and/or ​feelsympathy for him). She would do anything to win his ​love. Winning back his ​trust was the ​hardestpart.

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winnoun [C]

uk   us   /wɪn/
C1 an ​occasion when someone wins a ​game or ​competition: It was the team's sixth ​consecutive win this ​season. Everyone was ​predicting a ​Republican win at the last ​election and ​look what ​happened.

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(Definition of win from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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winverb [I/T]

 us   /wɪn/ (present participle winning, past tense and past participle won  /wʌn/ )
to ​defeat a ​competitor, or to ​achieve first ​position or get a ​prize in a ​competition: [I] Did they win last ​night? [T] Our ​team won the ​game!
(Definition of win from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"win" in Business English

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winverb

uk   us   /wɪn/ (winning, won, won)
[I or T] to be the best in a ​situation where several ​people, ​organizations, etc. are ​competing: If she scores the next ​point, she'll have won. He won the ​election by 2,385 ​votes.win an argument/battle Graves won the ​battle for ​control of the ​organization. His ​barristers said he had no chance of winning this case. win easily/handily/decisively
[T] to ​succeed in getting something that other ​people, ​organizations, etc. are also ​trying to get: win an award/contract/order The UK ​propertyfirm is favourite to win the ​contract for the bank's new ​headoffice.win sb sth The ​bigquestion is whether her ​actions will win her ​votes.
[T] to receive ​approval, ​support, etc. for something, especially when you have made a ​bigeffort to get it: win (sb's) approval/support/confidence The ​propertytycoon has won the ​support of ​shareholders.win sth from sb The ​proposedmergerbroke down last week after ​failing to win ​approval from the US ​government.
[I] to get ​advantages from a ​situation: When we use ​greentechnology, we all win with a ​cleanerenvironment as well as ​jobsgrowth.

winnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   /wɪn/
a ​successful attempt at ​achieving something such as a ​prize or ​reward: The ​pollspredicted a Conservative win.a win for sb The ​passage of the ​bill is a significant win for supporters of ​offshoredrilling.
(Definition of win from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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