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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winningly \ ˈwi-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce winningly (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 That victory in Texas began a five-game winning streak for Oakland. Steve Kroner,, "July 1, 2012: A’s beat Rangers, begin ascent to AL West title," 30 June 2020 South Alabama went 20-11 last season, finishing on an eight-game winning streak and tied for second in the Sun Belt Conference regular-season standings. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Former South Alabama star Josh Ajayi signs with French pro team," 29 June 2020 McNabb took the two meetings in 2004, Manning’s rookie season, before Eli went on a four-game winning streak. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Could Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow be as good as these NFL quarterback rivalries from the last 20 years?," 26 June 2020 The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite slid 2.7%, threatening to snap an eight-day winning streak. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Dow drops 800 points as IMF cuts outlook for the global economy on virus woes," 24 June 2020 The popular point: Washington wouldn't have made the MLB playoffs after the first 60 games last year; the Nationals famously started 19-31 and were 27-33 at the 60-game mark — and that included closing with a three-game winning streak. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How would the Milwaukee Brewers have fared in past years with a 60-game schedule?," 24 June 2020 One of those countries, Colombia, is in the running to host the 2023 Women's World Cup and will learn its fate when the winning bid is announced on Thursday. Jeff York, CNN, "One year on, Marta's emotional World Cup speech resonates even more," 24 June 2020 Amazon, whose shares are up 50% this year, rallied for the seventh consecutive session, its longest winning streak in nearly a year. Karen Langley And Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "Nasdaq Hits Another Record as Tech Shares Fuel Rally," 23 June 2020 Houston won at the Coliseum to snap Oakland’s eight-game winning streak. Sporting Green Staff,, "June 19 Strat-O-Matic results: Giants win in Miami, A’s eight-game winning streak ends," 19 June 2020 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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“Winning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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