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 winningly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for winning

Synonyms: Adjective

adorable, darling, dear, disarming, endearing, lovable (also loveable), lovesome, precious, sweet, winsome

Antonyms: Adjective

abhorrent, abominable, detestable, hateful, loathsome, odious, unlovable

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Examples of winning in a Sentence


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

Her winning streak began yesterday, when Clooney was spotted departing the UN in a chic black button-up dress. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Is Back in Action—And Looks Better Than Ever," 24 Apr. 2019 The loss snapped an 18-game winning streak for the Jackrabbits. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Oregon heads to Elite 8 with 63-53 win over South Dakota St," 30 Mar. 2019 The Dow finished the week down just 5.5 points, snapping a nine-week winning streak, and the Nasdaq rose 0.9%, notching a 10th consecutive weekly... Jessica Menton, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Remain Unchanged on Economic Data," 1 Mar. 2019 The Washington State football team has a chance to do something that the program has not done in 81 years: put together four consecutive winning seasons. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Washington State is filled with new faces, but one big one remains at the middle: Mike Leach," 27 Aug. 2018 In line for coveted Guerlain ice-cream cones, guests discussed their winnings. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Puts the Fabulous in Her Fabulous Fund Fair With Vuitton, Dior, and Stella McCartney Goodies Up for Grabs," 20 Feb. 2019 Using his winnings to pay for school is right in line with the Michigan Lottery’s normal operations, though. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Michigan Teen Says His Fourth Straight Lottery Win Will Help Him Pay for School," 28 Aug. 2018 The team is currently No. 2 in the nation and had its 20-game winning streak snapped by John Carroll last Sunday. Branson Wright,, "Wooster baseball coach Tim Pettorini reaches a milestone (video)," 26 Apr. 2018 Harold, 38, an attorney and former Miss America who paid her way through Harvard Law School with her pageant winnings, is vying to become Illinois’s next attorney general. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "Party Crashers: These Female Candidates Are Shaking Up The Midterms," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Maria Torres To secure their first winning road trip of the season, the Royals needed little else. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Jason Hammel, Royals' offense do just enough to secure a victory over Rangers | The Kansas City Star," 27 May 2018 By beating the Atlanta Braves, 5-1, in 10 innings Tuesday night at SunTrust Park, the Phillies assured themselves of a winning road trip. Bob Brookover,, "Phillies assured first winning road trip since 2016 | Extra Innings," 18 Apr. 2018 Despite James Rodriguez, on loan at Bayern from Real Madrid, leveling the scores against his parent club, Bayern were unable to find a winning goal -- thanks in part to some sensational goalkeeping from Keylor Navas. CNN, "Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich to reach fourth Champions League final in five years," 1 May 2018 The Saints scored the winning field goal on the first possession of overtime. Christopher Dabe,, "NFL rule change eliminates play that inspired charity to Thomas Morstead's foundation," 28 Mar. 2018 Most Read Business Stories The paradox is that strengthening ACA or going further is a potentially winning issue for Democrats in 2020, but the lobbying strength of the health-care industry will try to prevent reform. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s gambit to kill Obamacare risks lives and opportunity," 29 Mar. 2019 Robinson, 81, played 23 major league seasons, all with the Orioles, and was one of the cornerstones of one of the winningest teams of the 1960s and 1970s. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Orioles finally welcome Brooks Robinson home, name him special advisor," 15 July 2018 The Raiders were one of pro football’s winningest teams from 1967 to 1978, winning the 1976 Super Bowl under John Madden. Andy Benoit,, "The NFL in California in 2018: The Best Year Ever?," 18 June 2018 Last year's winning horse, Justify, crossed the finish line just two minutes, four seconds, and 20 milliseconds after the race began, so make sure your television, computer, or streaming app is set ahead of time. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "All the Ways You Can Watch This Year's Kentucky Derby," 5 Mar. 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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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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