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

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Other Words from winning


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

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 Cowboys carry a three-game winning streak into Sunday’s game. David Moore, Dallas News, "The Cowboys have overcome a lot this season, but an improbable run may still be too little too late," 2 Jan. 2021 Laurel is 7-3, while No. 3 Hoban falls to 6-2, having a six-game winning streak come to an end. cleveland, "Laurel overcomes slow start with relentless defense in 74-57 girls basketball victory over Hoban," 13 Jan. 2021 The Blazers tallied their first three-game winning streak of the season to move to 6-4. oregonlive, "Plenty of heroes in Portland Trail Blazers’ dramatic 112-111 win over Toronto Raptors: Game rewind," 12 Jan. 2021 But Randle had little help with nobody else over 12 points as the Knicks dropped their second straight following a three-game winning streak. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Jokic, Nuggets win easily again, rout Knicks 114-89," 10 Jan. 2021 The loss stopped a three-game winning streak for the Spurs, with all of those games coming on the road., "Without DeRozan, Spurs run out of gas," 10 Jan. 2021 Buffalo has won seven straight since for its longest winning streak since 1990. John Wawrow,, "Bills edge Colts for first playoff win in 25 years," 9 Jan. 2021 The sophomore had broken out of an early-season slump and scored 16.6 point in the three-game winning streak including a season-high 24 against Ole Miss. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama routs Florida on historic night in Tuscaloosa," 6 Jan. 2021 Brady has thrown eight touchdown passes and no interceptions during the Buccaneers’ current three-game winning streak. oregonlive, "Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons FREE LIVE STREAM (1/3/2021) score updates, odds, time, TV channel, how to watch online," 3 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While disappearing in obscurity, Doren went on to become America's darling and Twenty-One's most winning contestant. Lynette Rice,, "Herb Stempel, the whistleblower portrayed in 'Quiz Show,' dies at 93," 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, "Casting call: Urban and remote Alaska are where fishing dreams come true," 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, "The 10 Best Trap Guns Ever," 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, "UAB and Troy renew football series for 2028-2029," 1 May 2020 The all-time winningest competitive Call of Duty player felt helpless two weeks ago. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Update: Dallas Empire stars share optimism about updated Call of Duty League servers after initial worry," 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, "How Joe Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee — polling analysis," 8 Apr. 2020 The actress has become a tastemaker thanks to her winning street style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Katie Holmes Revisits the Classic Kerchief," 19 Mar. 2020 Oklahoma won 109 games and L.S.U. earned 101 victories while Michigan, the winningest program in college football history, managed just 85. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "L.S.U. and Oklahoma Both Seek to End Title Game Droughts," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Winning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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