Again vs Win - What's the difference?

again | win |

As an adverb again

is (label) back in the reverse direction, or to an original starting point.

As a preposition again

is (obsolete or dialectal) against.

As a noun win is

pleasure; joy; delight or win can be gain; profit; income.

As a verb win is

to conquer, defeat.

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Alternative forms

* againe, agayne, ageyne (obsolete); agin (colloquial or humorous)


  • (label) Back in the reverse direction, or to an original starting point.
  • * 1526 , The Bible , tr. (William Tyndale), (w) 2:
  • And after they were warned in ther slepe, that they shulde not go ageyne to Herod, they retourned into ther awne countre another way.
  • Back (to a former place or state).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), chapter=19
  • , title= The China Governess , passage=Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.}}
  • (label) In return, as a reciprocal action; back.
  • * :
  • but Merlyn warned the kynge couertly that gweneuer was not holsome for hym to take to wyf / for he warned hym that launcelot shold loue her and she hym ageyne
  • * , II.31:
  • So women are never angrie, but to the end a man should againe be angrie with them, therein imitating the lawes of Love.
  • * , I.2.4.vii:
  • Thus men are plagued with women, they again with men, when they are of diverse humours and conditions.
  • * 1852–3 , (Charles Dickens), (Bleak House)
  • As he lies in the light before a glaring white target, the black upon him shines again .
  • Another time; once more.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again';
  • * , chapter=1
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you're run off your course again. This is a rich man's summer ‘cottage’
  • * 1931 , Robert L. May, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer , Montgomery Ward (publisher), draft:
  • He tangled in tree-tops again' and ' again / And barely missed hitting a tri-motored plane.
  • * 1979 , Charles Edward Daniels et al., “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” (song), Million Mile Reflections , Charlie Daniels Band, Epic Records:
  • Johnny said, “Devil, just come on back if you ever want to try again / I done told you once, you son of a bitch, I’m the best that’s ever been.”
  • * 2010 , Simon Hattenstone, The Guardian , 30 October:
  • The last sentence is so shocking, I have to read it again .
  • Over and above a factor of one.
  • * 1908 December 10, , “New Genera and Species of Crinoids”, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington , Volume XXI, pp.229–230:
  • Cirri l-lxxx, 15, about 12mm. long; first two joints short, about twice as broad as long; third about one-third again' [=one and one-third times] as long as broad; fourth and fifth the longest, about half ' again [=one and a half times] as long as broad;.
  • # Tell me again, say again;
  • # I ask again, I say again;
  • # Here too, here also, in this case as well;
  • #*
  • A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again , the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  • (label) In any other place.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • (label) On the other hand.
  • * (rfdate) (William Shakespeare) (1564–1616)
  • The one is my sovereignthe other again is my kinsman.
  • Moreover; besides; further.
  • * (rfdate) Hersche
  • Again , it is of great consequence to avoid, etc.

    Derived terms

    * again and again * again-coming * once again


    (English prepositions)
  • (obsolete or dialectal) Against.
  • * 1485 , Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur , Book X:
  • And here begynneth the treson of Kynge Marke that he ordayned agayne Sir Trystram.
  • * 1924 , J H Wilkinson, Leeds Dialect Glossary and Lore , page 60
  • Ah'd like to wahrn (warn) thi agaan 'evvin owt to dew wi' that chap.
  • * 2003 , Glasgow Sunday Herald, page 16, column 2:
  • You may think you are all on the same side, agin the government.



    Usage notes

    The pronunciation /???e?n/ is chiefly poetic. 200 English basic words English sequence adverbs 1000 English basic words ----



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • Pleasure; joy; delight.
  • Derived terms
    * (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . Cognate with (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m), (etyl) (m).


  • To conquer, defeat.
  • *1485 , Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur , Book IV:
  • *:For and we doo bataille we two wyl fyghte with one kny?t at ones / and therfore yf ye wille fyghte soo we wille be redy at what houre ye wille assigne / And yf ye wynne vs in bataille the lady shal haue her landes ageyne / ye say wel sayd sir Vwayne / therfor make yow redy so that ye be here to morne in the defence of the ladyes ryght
  • *1998 , Rhapsody, Emerald Sword
  • *:For the glory, the power to win the Black Lord, I will search for the Emerald Sword.
  • (label) To triumph or achieve victory in (a game, a war, etc.).
  • (label) To gain (a prize) by succeeding in competition or contest.
  • :
  • (label) To obtain (someone) by wooing.
  • *Sir (Philip Sidney) (1554-1586)
  • *:Thy virtue won me; with virtue preserve me.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:She is a woman; therefore to be won .
  • (label) To achieve victory.
  • :
  • (label) To obtain (something desired).
  • :
  • (label) To cause a victory for someone.
  • :
  • :
  • To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:Even in the porch he him did win .
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:And when the stony path began, / By which the naked peak they won , / Up flew the snowy ptarmigan.
  • To extract (ore, coal, etc.).
  • :(Raymond)
  • Derived terms
    * play to win * win friends * win up

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • gain; profit; income
  • wealth; owndom; goods
  • an individual victory (opposite of a loss)
  • Our first win of the season put us in high spirits.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 29 , author=Jon Smith , title=Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Giovani dos Santos smashed home a third five minutes later to wrap up the win .}}
  • (slang) a feat, an (extraordinary) achievement (opposite of a fail)
  • Derived terms

    * winning * winnings * winner * for the win * you win * win back * win through * win round * win out * win over * win-win English irregular verbs English three-letter words 1000 English basic words ----