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2 [wuhn, woon, wohn]
verb (used without object), wonned, wonning. Archaic.
to dwell; abide; stay.

before 900; Middle English wonen, Old English wunian; cognate with German wohnen; see wont


3 [won]
noun, plural won.
a paper money and monetary unit of North and South Korea, equal to 100 chon.

1915–20; < Korean wǒn < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán yuan


1 [win]
verb (used without object), won, winning.
to finish first in a race, contest, or the like.
to succeed by striving or effort: He applied for a scholarship and won.
to gain the victory; overcome an adversary: The home team won.
Slang. to be successful or competent and be acknowledged for it: My sister wins at getting the biggest bargains. Compare fail ( def 9 ).
verb (used with object), won, winning.
to succeed in reaching (a place, condition, etc.), especially by great effort: They won the shore through a violent storm.
to get by effort, as through labor, competition, or conquest: He won his post after years of striving.
to gain (a prize, fame, etc.).
to be successful in (a game, battle, etc.).
to make (one's way), as by effort or ability.
to attain or reach (a point, goal, etc.).
to gain (favor, love, consent, etc.), as by qualities or influence.
to gain the favor, regard, or adherence of.
to gain the consent or support of; persuade (often followed by over ): The speech won them over to our side.
to persuade to marry; gain in marriage.
British Mining.
to obtain (ore, coal, etc.).
to prepare (a vein, bed, mine, etc.) for working, by means of shafts or the like.
a victory, as in a game or horse race.
the position of the competitor who comes in first in a horse race, harness race, etc. Compare place ( def 27b ), show ( def 27 ).
a success, or something good: She was having a bad week, so she really needed a win. Compare fail ( def 14a ).
the state or quality of being successful or good: There was so much win in last night’s episode! Compare fail ( def 14b ).
successful or competent. Compare fail ( def 19b ).
very good or of high quality; awesome: To hear him play, now that was win! Compare fail ( def 19c ).
Slang. (used to acknowledge success, competence, etc.): I just got tickets to the concert. Win!
Verb phrases
win out, to win or succeed, especially over great odds; triumph: His finer nature finally won out.
for the win, Slang. (used to express enthusiasm for someone or something that is very good, likely to succeed, etc.): a plant-based diet, for the win!

before 900; Middle English winnen (v.), Old English winnan to work, fight, bear; cognate with German gewinnen, Old Norse vinna, Gothic winnan

winnable, adjective

6. obtain, secure, acquire, achieve, reach, procure. See gain1. 13. convince.


2 [win]
verb (used with object), winned, winning. Scot. and North England.
to dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.

1550–60; perhaps variant of winnow

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win1 (wɪn)
vb (when intr, foll by out, through, etc) , wins, winning, won
1.  (intr) to achieve first place in a competition
2.  (tr) to gain or receive (a prize, first place, etc) in a competition
3.  (tr) to succeed in or gain (something) with an effort: we won recognition
4.  win one's spurs
 a.  to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
 b.  history to be knighted
5.  to gain victory or triumph in (a battle, argument, etc)
6.  (tr) to earn or procure (a living, etc) by work
7.  (tr) to take possession of, esp violently; capture: the Germans never won Leningrad
8.  to reach with difficulty (a desired condition or position) or become free, loose, etc, with effort: the boat won the shore; the boat won through to the shore
9.  (tr) to turn someone into (a supporter, enemy, etc): you have just won an ally
10.  (tr) to gain (the sympathy, loyalty, etc) of someone
11.  (tr) to obtain (a woman, etc) in marriage
12.  (tr)
 a.  to extract (ore, coal, etc) from a mine
 b.  to extract (metal or other minerals) from ore
 c.  to discover and make (a mineral deposit) accessible for mining
13.  informal you can't win an expression of resignation after an unsuccessful attempt to overcome difficulties
14.  informal a success, victory, or triumph
15.  profit; winnings
16.  the act or fact of reaching the finishing line or post first
[Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen]

win2 (wɪn)
vb , wins, winning, won, winned
1.  to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
2.  a less common word for winnow
[Old English, perhaps a variant of winnow]

won1 (wʌn)
the past tense of win

won2 (wɒn)
n , pl won
1.  the standard monetary unit of North Korea, divided into 100 chon
2.  the standard monetary unit of South Korea, divided into 100 chon
[Korean wån]

won3 (wʌn, wʊn, wəʊn)
vb , wons, wonning, wonned
archaic (intr) to live or dwell
[Old English wunian to become accustomed to; related to win1]

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Word Origin & History

fusion of O.E. winnan "struggle for, work at, strive, fight," and gewinnan "to gain or succeed by struggling, to win," both from P.Gmc. *wenwanan (cf. O.S. winnan, O.N. vinna, O.Fris. winna, Du. winnen "to gain, win," Dan. vinde "to win," O.H.G. winnan "to strive, struggle, fight," Ger. gewinnen "to
gain, win," Goth. gawinnen "to suffer, toil"). Perhaps related to wish, or from PIE *van- "overcome, conquer." Sense of "to be victorious" is recorded from c.1300. The noun in O.E. meant "labor, strife, conflict;" modern sense of "a victory in a game or contest" is first attested 1862, from the verb. Breadwinner (see bread) preserves the sense of "toil" in O.E. winnan. Phrase you can't win them all (1954) first attested in Raymond Chandler.

p.t. and pp. of win, from O.E. gewinnen, pp. of winnan.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Weight-control Information Network

  2. Whip Inflation Now

  3. within (shortwave transmission)

  4. Work Incentive program

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monetary units of South Korea and North Korea. The Bank of Korea has the exclusive authority to issue banknotes and coins for South Korea. Banknotes are issued in denominations ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 won. The notes are adorned on the obverse with early Yi (Choson) dynasty figures, including writers Yi Hwang (1,000-won note) and Yi I (5,000-won note) and King Sejong (10,000-won note), who reigned from 1419 to 1450. Coins range in value from 1 to 500 won. The new won was adopted in 1962, when the old won was replaced at a rate of 100 to 1.

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Example sentences for won
New books have been written that have won their place in the list.
A modified division was created and won by jake as the sole entrant.
It has been won by some of the biggest names in the history of our sport.
He won all of his seven bouts there, including six by knockout.
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