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Pronunciation: /wɪn/

Translation of win in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (present participle/participio presente winning past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado, won)

  • 1 (gain) [prize/medal/title] ganar; [support] conseguir*, ganarse; [fame/recognition] ganarse; [affection] ganarse, granjearse; [scholarship/promotion] conseguir*, obtener* [formal]; [victory] conseguir*; [pay increase] conseguir*, obtener* [formal] it took me a while to win their confidence me llevó un tiempo ganarme su confianza her first novel won the acclaim of the critics su primera novela tuvo una excelente acogida por parte de la crítica this won her a place on the national team esto le valió un puesto en el equipo nacional their perseverance won them universal admiration su perseverancia les granjeó or les valió la admiración de todos the Conservatives won 287 seats los conservadores obtuvieron 287 escaños [formal] vote-winning tactics maniobras para obtener votos the contract has been won by a British firm el contrato le ha sido adjudicado a una empresa británica, una empresa británica ha conseguido el contrato to win sb's heart conquistar el corazón de algnto win sth from o [colloquial/familiar]off sb they've won business from their competitors le han quitado clientes a la competencia she won £50 off me at cards me ganó 50 libras jugando a las cartas to win sth back recuperar algo
    Example sentences
    • There have been reports of Welsh students even going as far as entering wet t-shirt contests to win prize money so they can pay their rent.
    • This is said to be the first such endeavour in Kerala, in which passengers stand to win prizes.
    • Remember, the youth member who collects the most lids wins the prize.
    Example sentences
    • However, he will bring fresh thinking to the party's efforts to win support.
    • However one British expert claimed previous efforts by him to win support for such work had fallen on deaf ears.
    • She also experienced reps regularly taking young doctors out for boozy meals in an effort to win their favour.
  • 2 (be victorious in) [war/race/bet/competition/election] ganar you can't win them all no se puede pretender ganarlas todas
  • 3 (extract) to win sth from sth [minerals] sacar* or extraer* algo de algo 100 square miles of green fields won from the desert 100 millas cuadradas de campos verdes ganadas al desierto
    Example sentences
    • Since excavations began at Loy Yang in 1982, the large numbers speak for themselves with 398 million m3 of coal (or 446 million tonnes of coal) being won.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (present participle/participio presente winning past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado, won)

  • ganar they're winning 3-1 van ganando 3 a 1 to win at sth [at cards/billiards/golf] ganar a algo to win by sth ganar por algo they won by 15 points ganaron por 15 puntos OK, you win! [colloquial/familiar] está bien, como tú digas you can't win! ¡no hay caso! you just can't win with these people ¡no hay caso con esta gente! to win big (American English/inglés norteamericano) ganar por mucho, barrer [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • If successful in winning the race to stage the 2012 Olympics, she said the repercussions would be felt far outside London.
    • The Irish team had a very successful outing in winning the tournament.
    • Named player of the championship, he was one of the victorious Army team that won the championship.


  • victoria (feminine), triunfo (masculine) the Dolphins have had four/no wins so far los Dolphins han ganado cuatro veces/no han ganado nunca hasta ahora what I need is a win in the lottery lo que necesito es sacarme la lotería

Phrasal verbs

win out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
ganar to win out over sb ganarle a algn

win over

( (in British English also/en inglés británico también) win round)
verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
conquistarse or ganarse ato win sb over o round to sth she succeeded in winning them over to the cause/her side/her point of view logró conquistarlos para la causa/ponerlos de su lado/convencerlos de que tenía razón

win through

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
salir* adelante

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