win·ner | \ˈwi-nər \

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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Like other exhibits and showcases at the fair, the 2018 OC Fair Juried Exhibition is a competition with cash prizes, and blue ribbons abound for Best of Show and top winners in each division and category. Richard Chang,, "Art offers a feast of a different kind for OC Fair visitors," 12 July 2018 Cancelo, former Valencia defender, joined Juventus for €40.4m last month and will now work alongside the five time Ballon d'Or winner at the Allianz Stadium., "Juventus Chief Reveals How Joao Cancelo Signing Triggered Cristiano Ronaldo's Stunning Move," 12 July 2018 The lucky winners can pick plums at the refuge, which includes parts of Newbury, Newburyport, Ipswich, and Rowley, from Sept. 1 to 30 and cranberries from Oct. 1 til Nov. 15. Morgan Hughes,, "Curing the flu, wedding dresses for soldiers, and food for the elderly," 13 July 2018 Olszewski was declared the winner one week ago by nine votes after votes were counted from early voting, election day voting, absentee and provisional ballots. Pamela Wood,, "Day 2 of recount in Baltimore County executive Democrat primary opens with Olszewski lead at 10 votes," 13 July 2018 As China, Canada and the European Union retaliate against American tariffs, the winners from trade are the ones at risk of becoming the losers. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018 The addition of Lewis will only help keep the former Heisman winner fresh and healthy. Eddie Brown,, "Fantasy Football 2018: Tennessee Titans Preview," 13 July 2018 Fair-goers will be asked to give their top picks and the winner will be announced on Sunday during the fair. Justin Reutter,, "Ewe won't believe how Cheviot is celebrating its baaah-centennial," 12 July 2018 In the final round, winners can receive a check equal to their total debt burden. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018

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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.

: a very good or successful person or thing

sports : the final goal, point, etc., that wins a game

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to reject or criticize sharply

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