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American English: /wɪn/
British English: /wɪn/

Translation of win in Spanish:

transitive verb present participle winning past tense & past participle won

  • 1 (gain)
    obtener [formal]
    (pay increase)
    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 somebody's heart
    conquistar el corazón de alguien
    to win something from o [colloquial]off somebodythey'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 something 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)
    you can't win them all
    no se puede pretender ganarlas todas
    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.
  • 3 (extract)to win something from something
    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 present participle winning past tense & past participle won

  • they're winning 3-1
    van ganando 3 a 1
    to win at something
    (at cards/billiards/golf)
    ganar a algo
    to win by something
    ganar por algo
    they won by 15 points
    ganaron por 15 puntos
    OK, you win! [colloquial]
    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)
    ganar por mucho
    barrer [colloquial]


  • 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
to win out over somebody
ganarle a alguien

win over

also: (British English also), win round
verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
conquistarse or ganarse a
to win somebody over o round to somethingshe 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
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