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

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 Evan Sparks, a writer in Washington, DC, and a contributing editor at Philanthropy magazine, caused a stir on Twitter last week with a twist on the advice to donate your lottery winnings to charity: Start up a private foundation. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "What should you do if you win the lottery? Start a foundation.," 29 Oct. 2018 No word yet on whether Champagne Papi will be in attendance to accept his potential winnings. Vogue, "Here’s How to Watch the 2018 American Music Awards If You Don’t Have Cable," 5 Oct. 2018 Fifteen champions have finished with a better winning percentage including the postseason than the Red Sox. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Boston Red Sox: Greatest Season of All Time?," 29 Oct. 2018 Though Miami is in a virtual tie with the Mets (the Marlins are 34-50, the Mets are 32-48), the Marlins have a better winning percentage (.405 vs. .400), skipping over the Mets for the moment in the standings. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 5, New York Mets 2," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The 62-year-old Carlyle, the winningest coach in Ducks history, was in his second stint with Anaheim. Joe Reedy, The Seattle Times, "Ducks fire coach Randy Carlyle amid 7-game losing streak," 11 Feb. 2019 But the most winning accessory of all was Holmes’s oversize shades—no doubt Jackie O would approve. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Katie Holmes Channels Jackie O (Again) in Summer’s Most Versatile Skirt," 30 July 2018 At Kentucky, reaching bowl games and posting winning seasons are no small feat. Edgar Thompson,, "Kentucky is pushing to move up in tough SEC, No. 69 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 19 June 2018 The Rockets are coming off the winningest season in franchise history, which ended in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Warriors. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "LeBron James' ex-teammate, Chris Bosh, thinks he'll join Rockets this summer," 7 June 2018 Saunders is the son of the late Flip Saunders, who’s by far the winningest coach in club history. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "Timberwolves fire coach, president Tom Thibodeau," 7 Jan. 2019 Hitchcock is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with an overall record of 823-506-88-119 (.603 winning percentage). Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Edmonton Oilers fire McLellan, hire Hitchcock to take over," 21 Nov. 2018 After Harry's team won the game, Meghan did the honors of awarding the winning team. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Even Nacho Figueras Turned His Awkward Moment During Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Kiss Into a Meme," 27 July 2018

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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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