win /wɪn/ verb (present participle winning, past tense and past participle won)
COMPETITION [I, T] › 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? ARGUMENT [I, T] › to be successful in a war, fight, or argument: Protesters have won their battle to stop the road being built. PRIZE [T] › 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.