Antonyms for win

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : win
Phonetic Transcription : wɪn

Definition of win

Origin :
  • fusion of Old English winnan "struggle for, work at, strive, fight," and gewinnan "to gain or succeed by struggling, to win," both from Proto-Germanic *wenwanan (cf. Old Saxon winnan, Old Norse vinna, Old Frisian winna, Dutch winnen "to gain, win," Danish vinde "to win," Old High German winnan "to strive, struggle, fight," German gewinnen "to gain, win," Gothic gawinnen "to suffer, toil"). Perhaps related to wish, or from PIE *van- "overcome, conquer." Related: Won; winning.
  • Sense of "to be victorious" is recorded from c.1300. Breadwinner preserves the sense of "toil" in Old English winnan. Phrase you can't win them all (1954) first attested in Raymond Chandler. Winningest is attested by 1804.
  • noun victory
  • verb finish first; succeed
  • verb achieve, obtain
Example sentences :
  • Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • In the end, then, you'll be out a lot of money even if you win.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was almost impossible to win their confidence, or to get information from them.
  • Extract from : « Harriet, The Moses of Her People » by Sarah H. Bradford
  • There he stuck, and it stood to reason that he could not win.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • Yet you could ever win me over to your side with that soft voice of yours.
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was all in his favour that he should have been forced at first to win his spurs as an actor.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • He forgot that humble worship was not the way to win a high-spirited girl.
  • Extract from : « The Man Shakespeare » by Frank Harris
  • All that seemed to be necessary to win K.'s attention was to be unhappy enough.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I do not take what I cannot win by my own labor,' said he; 'there was a puma drove up the game for me.'
  • Extract from : « The Trail Book » by Mary Austin
  • I told him to get to the front as soon as he could, and stay there, and win by as far as he liked.
  • Extract from : « Thoroughbreds » by W. A. Fraser

Synonyms for win

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