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win

verb
 
 
/wɪn/ ( present participle winning, past tense and past participle won)
COMPETITION [I, T] 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?Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeatedWinning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
ARGUMENT [I, T] B2 to be successful in a war, fight, or argument: Protesters have won their battle to stop the road being built.Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
PRIZE [T] A2 to get a prize in a game or competition: He won $500. She won a gold medal at the Olympics.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
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.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
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.Useless and futile
(Definition of win verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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