How to use
'to work, fight'
past tense and past participle
intransitive and transitive
to be the best or most successful in a competition, game, election etc
win a race/a game/an election etc
Who do you think will win the next election?
He won the Tour de France last year.
win a war/battle
the young pilots who won the Battle of Britain
who is most successful at this point in the game
I never win at cards.
win by 10 points/70 metres etc
We won by just one point.
He predicted the French would
win hands down
win very easily
in the play-offs.
to get something as a prize for winning in a competition or game
How does it feel to have
She won £160 on the lottery.
win something for somebody
the man who helped win the Cup for Arsenal
to get something that you want because of your efforts or abilities
win somebody's approval/support/trust etc
The proposal has won the approval of the city council.
Kramer has certainly won the respect of his peers.
win somebody's heart
make them love you or feel sympathy for you
The company has
to build a new power plant outside Houston.
win something from somebody
Davis hopes to win financial backing from a London investment firm.
make somebody win something
if something, usually something that you do, wins you something, you win it or get it because of that thing
win somebody something
That performance won Hanks an Oscar.
That kind of behaviour won't win you any friends.
used to agree to what someone wants after you have tried to persuade them to do something else
OK, you win - we'll go to the movies.
you can't win
used to say that there is no satisfactory way of dealing with a particular situation
You can't win, can you? You either work late and upset your family, or go home early and risk your job.
you can't win them all
you win some, you lose some
used to show sympathy when someone has had a disappointing experience
win or lose
no matter whether you win or lose
Win or lose, I love competitive sports.
win (something) hands down
to win a game or competition or defeat someone very easily
If the election had been free and fair, the democratic candidate would have won hands down.
win the day
to finally be successful in a discussion or argument
Common sense won the day, and the plans were dropped.
➔ win the toss
win somebody/something ↔
to succeed in getting back something or someone that you had before
How can I win back her trust?
to finally succeed or defeat other people or things
win out over
Often presentation wins out over content
is treated as more important than content
win somebody ↔
to get someone's support or friendship by persuading them or being nice to them
We'll be working hard over the next ten days to win over the undecided voters.
to finally succeed in spite of problems
As in most of his films, it's the good guys who win through in the end.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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