win·​ning | \ ˈwi-niŋ How to pronounce winning (audio) \

Definition of winning

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of one that wins : victory
2 : something won: such as
a : a captured territory : conquest
b : money won by success in a game or competition usually used in plural



Definition of winning (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of or relating to winning : that wins the winning ticket
b : successful especially in competition a winning team
2 : tending to please or delight a winning personality

Other Words from winning


winningly \ ˈwi-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce winning (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for winning

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of winning in a Sentence

Adjective She scored the winning goal. They were a winning marketing team. Chocolate and mint is a winning combination.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The defeat ended Milwaukee’s six-game winning streak. Rich Rovito, ajc, 6 Jan. 2022 The Rams are riding a five-game winning streak, including road victories the last two weeks against the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 But don't lose sight of the fact that Los Angeles has won five in a row, its new players jelling right on time as this team matches the Pack with a league-best five-game winning streak. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 Maryland men’s basketball watched its three-game winning streak come to an end after falling to Iowa 80-75 Monday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Ryan Mcfadden,, 4 Jan. 2022 Reeves had a 110-73-1 (.601) record in Denver, doing the bulk of his winning with the Broncos before going on to lead the Giants (31-33, .484) and Atlanta (49-59-1, .454). Pat Leonard,, 1 Jan. 2022 And the two most award-winning of those revolutionary operations — Athletic Brewing and Two Roots Brewing — are right here in San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 But Davis valued Madden’s ability to manage his players’ diverse personalities and mold them into a cohesive — and winning — team. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 His sister Nina represents the bigger picture of his winning: The violence against Black people that is sure to follow. Matthew J. Palm,, 27 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Skinner is far more winning and sympathetic in his underdog role, while Lumley, despite her brash efforts, is not well-served by her underdeveloped part. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 While disappearing in obscurity, Doren went on to become America's darling and Twenty-One's most winning contestant. Lynette Rice,, 31 May 2020 Catching a trophy fish in Alaska is memory making; neglecting to buy a derby ticket and then landing a potentially winning fish is heartbreaking. Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2020 Immediately identifiable by its sliding-latch action and separated barrels, the K-80 has proven an extremely durable performer and one of the most popular and winningest guns among high-end buyers. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 5 May 2020 The Blazers return 18 starters from the 2019 C-USA Western Division title team and is the winningest program in Conference USA since returning to the field in 2017. Evan Dudley, al, 1 May 2020 The all-time winningest competitive Call of Duty player felt helpless two weeks ago. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 23 Apr. 2020 Months later, in November, her winning margins among young voters in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania were narrower than Barack Obama's in 2012. 5. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 8 Apr. 2020 The actress has become a tastemaker thanks to her winning street style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of winning


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Winning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of winning

: relating to or producing a win
: successful at something
: pleasing or attractive to other people


win·​ning | \ ˈwi-niŋ \

Kids Definition of winning

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of a person or people who win
2 : something won especially in gambling often used in pl.



Kids Definition of winning (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being someone or something that wins, has won, or wins often a winning candidate a winning ticket
2 : tending to please or delight a winning smile

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