Meaning of “win” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /wɪn/ present participle winning, past tense and past participle won
Extra Examples
Many people are backing Holyfield to win the fight.Liverpool won 2-0 on aggregate.He's determined to win this match.He went on to win the final.No one else stood in the election, so he won by default.

A2 to get the most points in a competition or game, or the most votes in an election:

Barcelona won the game 6-0.
Who do you think will win the election?

B2 to be successful in a war, fight, or argument:

Protesters have won their battle to stop the road being built.

A2 to get a prize in a game or competition:

He won $500.
She won a gold medal at the Olympics.
win approval/respect/support, etc

to get approval/respect/support, etc because of your skill and hard work:

Her plans have won the support of many local people.
sb can't win informal

used to say that nothing someone does in a situation will succeed or please people:

Whatever I do seems to annoy her - I just can't win.

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(Definition of “win verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)