win·​ner | \ ˈwi-nər How to pronounce winner (audio) \

Definition of winner

: one that wins: such as
a : one that is successful especially through praiseworthy ability and hard work
b : a victor especially in games and sports
c : one that wins admiration
d : a shot in a court game that is not returned and that scores for the player making it

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Examples of winner in a Sentence

The winners will receive their medals shortly. the winners and losers of the court case And the winner is…the blue team! With seconds left on the clock, she scored the winner.
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Mike Ervolini, chief executive of Cabot Investment Technology, a Boston firm that seeks to help asset managers improve results, says about one-third of the $3.5 trillion in portfolios Cabot has analyzed hold on to winners too long. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "The Only Thing the Smart Money Is Smart About," 12 July 2019 The annual prize, launched in 2016, awards $25,000 to the winner and $1,000 each to two runners-up. Susan Dunne,, "Novelist David Baldacci gives $1 million to Mark Twain House," 11 July 2019 But Britain’s first-past-the-post system awards seats only to the winner in each constituency, punishing parties that come a consistent second or third, however narrow the margin. The Economist, "Britain’s four-party politics looks like a lottery," 11 July 2019 Getty Images Happy Hump Day to all, but mostly to the winners of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, the U.S. Women's National Team! Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "No One In the World Is More Lit Than the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Right Now," 10 July 2019 Oregon officially joined a multi-state agreement that would awards its Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of which candidate wins the most votes in Oregon., "Winners and losers of Oregon’s 2019 legislative session," 1 July 2019 Teammates raved about his performance, and catcher Travis d’Arnaud compared the young pitcher to National League Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom. Ryan Kolakowski, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville star Brendan McKay keeps his cool with the Tampa Bay Rays," 1 July 2019 Fulshear led the district with five first-team selections, in addition to its two award winners, after a 12-0 district season. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fulshear, Needville, Royal, Stafford earn all-District 25-4A baseball honors," 1 July 2019 That improbable season changed the perception of the team, which morphed from laughingstock to winner. Fox News, "Mets honored with keys to the city 50 years after their 1969 'miracle' season," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of winner

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of winner

: someone or something that wins a contest, prize, etc.
informal : a very good or successful person or thing
sports : the final goal, point, etc., that wins a game

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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