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Win \Win\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Won, Obs. Wan; p. pr. & vb. n. Winning.] [OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel. vinna to labor, suffer, win, Dan. vinde to win, Sw. vinna, Goth. winnan to suffer, Skr. van to wish, get, gain, conquer. [root]138. Cf. Venerate, Winsome, Wish, Wont, a.] [1913 Webster]
To gain by superiority in competition or contest; to obtain by victory over competitors or rivals; as, to win the prize in a gate; to win money; to win a battle, or to win a country. "This city for to win." --Chaucer. "Who thus shall Canaan win." --Milton. [1913 Webster] Thy well-breathed horse Impels the flying car, and wins the course. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or obtain, as by solicitation or courtship. [1913 Webster] Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] She is a woman; therefore to be won. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To gain over to one's side or party; to obtain the favor, friendship, or support of; to render friendly or approving; as, to win an enemy; to win a jury. [1913 Webster]
To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Even in the porch he him did win. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] And when the stony path began, By which the naked peak they wan, Up flew the snowy ptarmigan. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
(Mining) To extract, as ore or coal. --Raymond. [1913 Webster] Syn: To gain; get; procure; earn. See Gain. [1913 Webster]
Winning \Win"ning\, a. Attracting; adapted to gain favor; charming; as, a winning address. "Each mild and winning note." --Keble. [1913 Webster]
Winning \Win"ning\, n.
The act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition. [1913 Webster]
The money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, esp, in gambling; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster] Ye seek land and sea for your winnings. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
(Mining) (a) A new opening. (b) The portion of a coal field out for working. [1913 Webster] Winning headway (Mining), an excavation for exploration, in post-and-stall working. Winning post, the post, or goal, at the end of a race. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

winning See win


1 a victory (as in a race or other competition); "he was happy to get the win"
2 something won (especially money) [syn: winnings, profits] [ant: losings]


1 be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious; "He won the Gold Medal in skating"; "Our home team won"; "Win the game" [ant: lose]
2 win something through one's efforts; "I acquired a passing knowledge of Chinese"; "Gain an understanding of international finance" [syn: acquire, gain] [ant: lose]
3 obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; "The home team was gaining ground"; "After defeating the Knicks, the Blazers pulled ahead of the Lakers in the battle for the number-one playoff berth in the Western Conference" [syn: gain, advance, pull ahead, make headway, get ahead, gain ground] [ant: fall back]
4 attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won" [syn: succeed, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods] [ant: fail] [also: won, winning]
winning adj
1 bringing success; "the winning run"
2 having won; "the victorious entry"; "the winning team" [syn: victorious]
3 very attractive; capturing interest; "a fetching new hairstyle"; "something inexpressibly taking in his manner"; "a winning personality" [syn: fetching, taking] n : succeeding with great difficulty; "winning is not everything"

Moby Thesaurus

Cadmean victory, KO, Pyrrhic victory, acceptable, accession, acquirement, acquisition, addition, admirable, adorable, agreeable, alluring, angelic, appealing, appetizing, ascendancy, ascendant, attainment, attractive, authoritative, beguiling, bewitching, blandishing, cajoling, captivating, caressable, catching, championship, charismatic, charming, coaxing, come-hither, coming by, conquering, conquest, consequential, coquettish, cuddlesome, defeating, delightful, desirable, dominant, dragging down, dulcet, earnings, easy victory, effective, effectual, efficacious, enchanting, engaging, enravishing, enthralling, enticing, entrancing, enviable, estimable, exciting, exotic, exquisite, fascinating, fetching, flirtatious, flushed with success, gaining, getting, getting hold of, glamorous, grand slam, heart-robbing, hypnotic, important, in ascendancy, in the ascendant, influential, interesting, intriguing, inviting, irresistible, kissable, knockout, landslide, landslide victory, likable, lovable, lovely, lovesome, luxurious, magnetic, making, mastery, mesmeric, momentous, moneygetting, moneygrubbing, moneymaking, moral victory, mouth-watering, obtainment, obtention, overcoming, personable, persuasive, picnic, piquant, pleasing, potent, powerful, prepossessing, prestigious, prevailing, procural, procurance, procuration, procurement, provocative, provoquant, pushover, ravishing, reputable, runaway victory, securement, seducing, seductive, sensuous, seraphic, siren, sirenic, spellbinding, spellful, strong, suasive, subdual, subduing, substantial, success, successful, sweet, taking, tantalizing, teasing, telling, tempting, thrilling, tickling, titillating, titillative, to be desired, toothsome, total victory, triumph, triumphal, triumphant, trover, unobjectionable, vanquishing, victorious, victory, voluptuous, walkaway, walkover, weighty, win, winning streak, winsome, witching, worth having


see winnings



  1. present participle of win
    • Our horse was winning the race, but fell back just before the finish line.

Derived terms


  1. That constitutes a win.
    • the winning entry in the competition
    • the winning lotto numbers
  2. That leads to success.
    • a winning formula, strategy, etc.
  3. Attractive.
    • a winning smile


That constitutes a win
  • Finnish: voitto-
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: کۆمار
That leads to success

See also

Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A number of racecar drivers and racing persons appear in the film, including Bobby Unser, Tony Hulman, Bobby Grim, Dan Gurney, Roger McCluskey, and Bruce Walkup.

Plot summary

The film centers on professional racecar driver Frank Capua (Newman) and his wife Elora (Woodward). Frank spends too much time in the garage, pushing Elora into the arms of Newman's main rival on the track, Luther Erding (Robert Wagner).


During preparation for this film, Newman was trained for the motorsport by drivers, Bob Sharp and Lake Underwood, at a race track high performance driving school—which sparked Newman's enthusiasm for the sport and led to his participation as a competitor in sports car racing during the remainder of his life.
The film includes footage taken at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the legendary 2.5 mile track.

External links

winning in Russian: Побеждая (фильм)
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