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

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

Including the one who's literally Eusebio, who scored the winning and sealing goals in a 5-3 European Cup final victory over Real the age of 20., "Bela Guttmann: The Proto-Mourinho's All-Time Best XI," 16 July 2019 Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, brought her winning style game to the All England Club. Meagan Fredette,, "Meghan Markle's Wimbledon Hair Is A Look She Rarely Wears," 15 July 2019 That means not trading off eight-game winning and losing streaks. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: Entering second half, odds stacked against another Rocktober amid crowded wild card race," 11 July 2019 The seven racinos this past year took in $1.1 billion, after paying out winnings, and handed over to the lottery $331 million of that in fees. Rich Exner,, "Ohio Lottery has biggest year yet, with $1.15 billion profit for state’s education fund," 11 July 2019 Besides their accolades and earnings—more than $100 million each, and that’s just tournament winnings—both men are admired for their sense of sportsmanship and fair play. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Tennis Geezer Pleaser: Federer, Nadal to Renew Battle at Wimbledon," 11 July 2019 His strategy of going after Daily Doubles and betting big on Final Jeopardy questions allowed him to accumulate massive winnings — just $58,484 shy of Ken Jennings’ all-time record of $2.52 million, even with 42 fewer wins. Christian Holub,, "Jeopardy! record-breaker James Holzhauer returning for Tournament of Champions," 10 July 2019 The winning play started with a 14-yard completion from quarterback Ryan Tannehill to wide receiver Kenny Stills. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Gymnast tops Kenyan Drake, Derrick Henry for ESPY," 10 July 2019 And, yes, in the NBA winning is mostly a product of talent. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Readers offer pro-Westbrook counterpoint," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Pingatore won 1,035 games in 50 seasons at St. Joseph, and Riley learned quite a bit under the tutelage of the winningest coach in Illinois boys basketball history. Gregg Voss,, "St. Joseph boys basketball moves forward with Bill Riley as head coach," 15 July 2019 York is college hockey’s all-time winningest coach with 1,067 victories. Andrew Mahoney,, "Boston College coach Jerry York elected to Hockey Hall of Fame," 25 June 2019 Pictured next to the winning horse is the happy owner of the horse. CBS News, "Jim Gaffigan on why he doesn't care about the Triple Crown," 3 June 2018 Trainer Baffert talks about his winning horse, Justify. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Baffert 4-for-4 with Derby winners in Preakness; Justify is next up," 15 May 2018 But Castro may have had more winning moments than any other candidate during his appearance on the debate stage, most of which came while zeroing in on immigration. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "5 things we learned from two nights of Democratic debates," 28 June 2019 Atenas Cordoba plays in the top-tier league of Argentina and is the winningest franchise in the country, with 20 championships to its name. Tom Green |,, "Horace Spencer signs with Argentine pro team Atenas Cordoba," 24 June 2019 Before going pro, Lang played four years at Duke University from 1990-94 and was a member of the winningest graduating class in NCAA history -- reaching the Final Four three times and winning back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers hire Antonio Lang from Utah Jazz as assistant coach," 19 June 2019 But their winning meme creator was the internet equivalent of Green Book getting Best Picture. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "MTV's 'Most Meme-Able Moment' Honors Internet Culture—Barely," 18 June 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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